Governor Bob Riley http://apr.org en Former Governor Leads Ala. Scholarship Group http://apr.org/post/former-governor-leads-ala-scholarship-group <p></p><p>Former Gov. Bob Riley says he's serving as the unpaid chairman of a scholarship organization because he believes in a new Alabama law that provides scholarships to families that move their children from failing public schools.</p><p>Riley started the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund with Tampa businessman John Kirtley, who started a similar program in Florida.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:57:58 +0000 The Associated Press 44107 at http://apr.org Former Governor Leads Ala. Scholarship Group Former Alabama Governor Helping GOP Legislators http://apr.org/post/former-alabama-governor-helping-gop-legislators <p></p><p>Former Gov. Bob Riley will be a major player in the 2014 elections in Alabama even though his name is not on the ballot.</p><p>Riley has raised more than $1 million for his political action committee, Alabama 2014, and he's using it to help Republicans keep their seats in the Legislature.</p><p>Riley's PAC has given $23,884 to Rep. Jim Patterson of Merdianville, $22,501 to Rep. Ken Johnson of Moulton, $21,583 to Rep. Wayne Johnson of Ryland, and smaller amounts to other incumbents.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:58:06 +0000 The Associated Press 42003 at http://apr.org Former Alabama Governor Helping GOP Legislators Court Rules For VictoryLand Employees On Layoffs http://apr.org/post/court-rules-victoryland-employees-layoffs <P>A federal appeals court in Atlanta has upheld a lower court ruling that VictoryLand casino and dog track may owe its former employees millions.</P> <P>The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld part of a lower court ruling that said VictoryLand did not give proper notice to its employees under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act before closing twice in 2010 to prevent raids by Gov. Bob Riley's gambling task force. The law requires a 60-day notice before a mass layoff or closure. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:27:09 +0000 The Associated Press 36050 at http://apr.org Court Rules For VictoryLand Employees On Layoffs Alabama Governor Drops Riley's Budget Process http://apr.org/post/alabama-governor-drops-rileys-budget-process <p>Gov. Robert Bentley's administration has abandoned a budgeting process used by former Gov. Bob Riley's administration that required government agencies to set goals and plan their spending to achieve those goals.</p><p>The budgeting process, which went by the acronym SMART, was run out of the state's Executive Planning Office. The last person to head that office, Jonathan Barganier, says that data collected was useful, but it often wasn't used by legislators for budget decisions. He said the additional paperwork it required was a challenge.</p> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 15:44:59 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20209 at http://apr.org Alabama Governor Drops Riley's Budget Process