Luther Strange http://apr.org en Ala Attorney General Criticizes Budget http://apr.org/post/ala-attorney-general-criticizes-budget Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he is concerned about what lawmakers' proposed General Fund budget will mean for his office. The House Ways and Means General Fund Committee on Wednesday approved a budget that zeroes out the office's current $7 million appropriation. The budget bill says the office should instead use $7 million from the national settlement with five big mortgage companies. Strange says it is troubling that lawmakers would not guarantee full funding for the office that prosecutes criminals and is trying the BP oil spill case. Gov. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:39:15 +0000 Associated Press 47110 at http://apr.org Ala Attorney General Criticizes Budget Judge Orders Birmingham to Cooperate with the State http://apr.org/post/judge-orders-birmingham-cooperate-state <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)</p><p>A Jefferson County Circuit judge has ordered Birmingham school officials to not interfere with the state school board&#39;s efforts to take over the finances of the city&#39;s schools.</p><p>After a hearing on Friday, Circuit Judge Elisabeth French ordered school board members not to interfere with decisions of state Superintendent Tommy Bice to ensure city schools open for the fall in a timely manner. The judge also ordered board members to make sure Bice and his staff have access to school system records and computers.</p> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 12:06:07 +0000 Associated Press 14960 at http://apr.org Judge Orders Birmingham to Cooperate with the State Birmingham School Board Sued by B.O.E & Attorney General http://apr.org/post/birmingham-school-board-sued-boe-attorney-general <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) &mdash; Attorney General Luther Strange and the Alabama Board of Education have filed a lawsuit against the Birmingham&#39;s school board and its members.</p><p>Strange, the state school board and State Superintendent of Education Thomas Bice filed the lawsuit Friday.</p><p>The lawsuit claims Birmingham&#39;s school board is in a state of financial and political crisis. The lawsuit asks the court to affirm that Bice and the state school board have complete authority and the responsibility to manage the financial operation for Birmingham&#39;s school board.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 19:58:36 +0000 Associated Press 14924 at http://apr.org Birmingham School Board Sued by B.O.E & Attorney General