Governor Robert Bentley http://apr.org en Hard Times at the Mill: International Paper to Close Courtland Facility http://apr.org/post/hard-times-mill-international-paper-close-courtland-facility <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>A north Alabama county is about it lose its biggest employer.&nbsp;&nbsp;International Paper says it’s closing the paper mill in Lawrence County after forty three years of operation. After the first round of layoffs we take a look at how the town of Courtland and the residents are doing.</strong></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:14:24 +0000 Stan Ingold 44471 at http://apr.org Hard Times at the Mill: International Paper to Close Courtland Facility A 2012 Statewide Amendments Overview With The League Of Women Voters http://apr.org/post/2012-statewide-amendments-overview-league-women-voters <p></p><p>Election Day is less than a week away and there are many important races ranging from local all the way up to national for voters to decide. Alabamians will also have a chance to decide the outcome of 11 amendments on this year’s ballot as well. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez has an overview of the ballot measures and some of the amendments that are drumming up controversy.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 16:21:39 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20144 at http://apr.org A 2012 Statewide Amendments Overview With The League Of Women Voters Gov. Bentley Rejects Open Records Request http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-rejects-open-records-request Gov. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:03:47 +0000 The Associated Press 19728 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Rejects Open Records Request Business Group Backing Bentley Ads For Job Money http://apr.org/post/business-group-backing-bentley-ads-job-money The political consulting firm that helped Robert Bentley win the governor's office is now helping persuade voters to give him more money to lure jobs to Alabama. Bentley is appearing in TV ads urging voters to vote yes on Amendment 2 in the election Nov. 6. The ads were done by Dresner Wickers Barber Sanders. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:35:49 +0000 The Associated Press 19610 at http://apr.org Business Group Backing Bentley Ads For Job Money Doctors' Group Opposes Auburn Medical School http://apr.org/post/doctors-group-opposes-auburn-medical-school A professional organization representing Alabama's osteopathic doctors said it can't support the creation of a new medical college in Auburn. Members of the Alabama Osteopathic Medical Association (ALOMA) said construction of a new medical college in 2015 could dilute the quality of medical school applicants in the state. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 21:05:18 +0000 The Associated Press 19018 at http://apr.org Doctors' Group Opposes Auburn Medical School Governor Bentley Touts Amendment 2 As Job Creator http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-touts-amendment-2-job-creator Gov. Robert Bentley is crisscrossing the state to ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment that could determine how successful he is in keeping his campaign promise to create jobs. Bentley is urging voters to approve Amendment 2 on Nov. 6. He says it will give the state a new avenue for providing incentives for industries to locate in Alabama. Alabama's Constitution already allows the state to sell up to $750 million in bonds for industrial incentives. The state is near that limit. Sun, 07 Oct 2012 16:58:49 +0000 The Associated Press 18929 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Touts Amendment 2 As Job Creator Ala. Governor Won't Implement Part of Health Law http://apr.org/post/ala-governor-wont-implement-part-health-law <P>Gov. Robert Bentley says he won't implement part of the federal Affordable Health Care Act in Alabama.</P> <P>Bentley's aides announced Monday that he sent a letter to Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius saying he's an opponent of the act. Bentley said he will not make a decision on establishing minimum benefits for those buying individual and small group policies in Alabama. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 13:03:22 +0000 The Associated Press 18689 at http://apr.org Ala. Governor Won't Implement Part of Health Law District Attorney Retiring From 35th Circuit http://apr.org/post/district-attorney-retiring-35th-circuit <div><p>The district attorney prosecuting cases in Monroe and Conecuh counties will soon retire.</p><p>Tommy Chapman will step down Monday from his post as district attorney for the 35th Judicial Circuit. Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Chapman's chief assistant, Steve Wadlington, to fill the remainder of Chapman's term.</p><p>Gov. Guy Hunt first appointed Chapman as the local district attorney in 1990. He was re-elected four times.</p> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:26:42 +0000 The Associated Press 18606 at http://apr.org District Attorney Retiring From 35th Circuit Mexican Government Reviewing Complaint On Ala. Law http://apr.org/post/mexican-government-reviewing-complaint-ala-law <P>The Mexican government is reviewing a labor union's complaint that Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigrants violates an international trade agreement.</P> <P>An official with Mexico's labor department confirms the review in a letter released Thursday by the group that filed the complaint, the Service Employees International Union.</P> <P>The labor organization and a Mexican attorneys group filed a complaint in April.</P> <P>They contend Alabama's law targeting illegal immigrants violates protections guaranteed to migrant workers under a side agreement to the North American Free Trade Ag Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:11:06 +0000 The Associated Press 18170 at http://apr.org Mexican Government Reviewing Complaint On Ala. Law Gov. Bentley Succeeds Where Predecessors Failed http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-succeeds-where-predecessors-failed <P>Gov. Robert Bentley has done something neither of Alabama's last two governors could do: Get voters to turn out in a special election to pass a major initiative defining their administrations.</P> <P>Bentley said the constitutional amendment withdrawing money from the Alabama Trust Fund didn't involve moral issues like Gov. Don Siegelman's lottery vote in 1999 or tax increases like Gov. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 22:11:01 +0000 The Associated Press 18107 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Succeeds Where Predecessors Failed Ala. Governor Working On Retirement Incentives http://apr.org/post/ala-governor-working-retirement-incentives Gov. Robert Bentley says he's getting close to proposing retirement incentives for state employees and he may follow that with retirement incentives for public school employees. Bentley said Thursday he's got no goal yet for the number of retirements, but the state would cut its expenses by $82 million if 1,500 employees retired. Bentley said retired teachers would have to be replaced, but the new employees would be younger teachers making less pay than veteran educators. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:53:02 +0000 The Associated Press 18104 at http://apr.org Ala. Governor Working On Retirement Incentives Most Of Ala's Isaac Request For Beach, Sand Work http://apr.org/post/most-alas-isaac-request-beach-sand-work Most of Alabama's request for $9.4 million in federal assistance following Hurricane Isaac would pay for beach repair or sand removal. The state released to The Associated Press a copy of an aid request that Gov. Robert Bentley wrote to President Barack Obama this week. About $6.2 million is being sought to repair beaches in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach or to remove sand that covered roads on Dauphin Island. Another $846,000 would go to Dauphin Island for roads and public utility repairs. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:02:55 +0000 The Associated Press 17875 at http://apr.org Most Of Ala's Isaac Request For Beach, Sand Work Tuscaloosa Real Estate Developer Plans No Vote Campaign For Sept. 18 http://apr.org/post/tuscaloosa-real-estate-developer-plans-no-vote-campaign-sept-18 Politically active real estate developer Stan Pate of Tuscaloosa says he's planning a media campaign in the next few days to encourage no votes on Alabama's referendum Sept. 18. Pate says Alabama residents elected a Republican governor and Republican-controlled Legislature in 2010 because they wanted less government. He said GOP leaders are doing the opposite by pushing a constitutional amendment that would take $437 million out of a state trust fund to prop up the state General Fund budget for the next three years. Gov. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:24:02 +0000 The Associated Press 17634 at http://apr.org Tuscaloosa Real Estate Developer Plans No Vote Campaign For Sept. 18 Gov. Bentley Says No New Taxes If Vote Fails http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-says-no-new-taxes-if-vote-fails <p>Gov. Robert Bentley says he won't propose any tax increases if Alabama voters reject a proposal to take more than $437 million out of a state trust fund to use for the state General Fund budget. Bentley said he made a promise to the people of Alabama that he wouldn't raise taxes on families and he intends to keep that promise. Bentley said he will also veto any broad-based taxes passed by the Legislature. Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr of Decatur said the governor's no-tax position means it's almost certain the Legislature won't pass a tax. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 21:40:09 +0000 The Associated Press 17124 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Says No New Taxes If Vote Fails Governor Bentley Updates Evacuation Orders http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-updates-evacuation-orders <p><strong>Update: &nbsp;August 28, 2012 - Afternoon</strong></p><p>MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday lifted mandatory evacuation orders&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:50:05 +0000 Alabama EMA 16956 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Updates Evacuation Orders