Gov. Robert Bentley's opposition to new state taxes during his first term could change in a second term.
Bentley says he's looking at all possibilities for the next four years because that's his job. Bentley has opposed new state taxes during his first term, including raising the state cigarette tax. He says it's not his desire to raise taxes, but he has to look at revenue options. One reason is that money from a state trust fund that has shored up the state General Fund budget for three years won't be available for the next state budget written by the Legislature and governor.
Alabama taxpayers will spend $3 million on a runoff election Tuesday that most citizens will skip.
Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, expects five percent of Alabama's nearly 2.9 million active voters to turn out Tuesday. That's in line with the voter turnout for the runoffs in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Bennett says the turnout is always low when neither party has a runoff for governor or U.S. Senate.
Generally, the DEA does not approve of storing or transporting controlled substances in vehicles, but for those in the veterinary profession that can be a necessity if they are going to effectively treat their animal patients.
Several Alabama school systems will be offering breakfast and lunch free to all students when classes resume in August.
The state Department of Education says school systems qualifying for the free meals under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act have poverty levels that are 40 percent and higher.
Systems that have all or nearly all of their schools participating in the program are Montgomery County, Barbour County, Clarke County, Lowndes County, Wilcox County, Selma, Tarrant, Midfield, Chickasaw, Albertville, Dallas County, Macon County, Linden, Bessemer and Anniston.
A newspaper reports that emails it obtained show the director of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System learned of concerns about patient scheduling issues in April 2013 -- more than eight months before action was taken.
Director James Talton tells The Montgomery Advertiser that he was unable to take action on any "ambiguous statements" staff members emailed him about scheduling problems.
Alabama's school superintendent is telling all Alabama public school systems to start using a new student enrollment process that makes clear a Social Security number or birth certificate is not necessary for enrollment.
An Ozark man is in jail on a charge of threatening the president.
The Secret Service brought charges against Deryke Matthew Pfeifer on July 3. He's accused of making phone calls to the Federal Protective Service and using Facebook to threaten the president. Court papers say Pfeifer posted one threatening video holding a Glock pistol, and a Glock was later found at his residence.
Secret Service agent Marcus Shumack filed an affidavit saying that Pfeiffer told him in an interview that God was going to destroy the president and everything around him.
Alabama State University officials have outlined initial steps they plan to take to recover from a credit downgrade and are looking for more information on specific things the school needs to do to respond to warning from an academic accreditation agency.
The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees met Wednesday afternoon. Chairman Elton Dean says he's assembled a group tasked with having weekly conference calls to discuss what the school needs to do to recover from its third credit downgrade by Moody's Investors Service within a roughly nine month period.
Governor Robert Bentley has appointed Fitzgerald Washington to be the next Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Labor.
Washington has spent the last 15 years working for The Buffalo Rock Company. While there he served as Corporate Marketing and Sales Director handling the company’s multicultural marketing initiatives before being promoted to General Sales Manager in 2002.
Governor Bentley also appointed Washington to the Alabama Workforce Council. Washington replaces Tom Surtees who stepped down as labor commissioner late last month.