Robert Bentley is finding that raising campaign money as an incumbent governor is much easier than doing it as a state representative seeking statewide office for the first time.
Bentley filed a campaign finance report Tuesday night showing he took in $422,500 in contributions in his first month of fundraising for his re-election campaign. He had raised about $15,500 at the same point four years ago, when he was a little-known state representative from Tuscaloosa running in the Republican primary with six other candidates.
A federal judge has appointed former FBI Director Louis Freeh to conduct an independent investigation of alleged misconduct by a lawyer who worked for the court-supervised administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement along with a team of private attorneys.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order Tuesday naming Freeh a "special master."
Freeh is a private consultant and recently led a university-sanctioned investigation of the Pennsylvania State University sex abuse scandal.
A metal manufacturing company has announced plans to add between 250 and 300 jobs at its plant in Hartselle.
The Decatur Daily reported Monday (http://bit.ly/16KaC8c ) that Indiana-based Busche plans to hire new employees over the next five to six years. The company makes parts for heating and ventilation units, air conditioning compressors and tractor-trailers.
An Alabama minor league baseball team has canceled a gun raffle that was supposed to be featured during its Second Amendment Night promotion.
Huntsville Stars spokeswoman Nicole Collins said Monday that the raffle during the team's Wednesday night game against the Chattanooga Lookouts was canceled after Minor League Baseball officials said the promotion was likely not in the franchise's best interest.
Collins says Second Amendment Night will still feature free admission for members of the National Rifle Association who present their membership card.
A commission established to study ways to revise the state Constitution has rejected a recommendation from Gov. Robert Bentley to expand the governor's power by making it harder for the Legislature to override his vetoes.
The commission is studying the 1901 Constitution and recommending proposed changes. Any changes would have to be approved by the Legislature and Alabama voters.
When the governor currently vetoes legislation, it takes a simple majority vote of the membership to override the veto. That's 53 votes in the House and 18 in the Senate.
Republican Secretary of State Beth Chapman says she plans to resign Aug. 1 and enter private business with 17 months left in her term.
Chapman tells The Associated Press she has an offer in government and public relations consulting that she can't pass up, and she will end her decade in public office to take the position. She has not released details of the new job, but she said it doesn't involve lobbying.
Attorneys for Jefferson County have filed a 101-page plan to exit the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.
The plan calls for cutting the county's $4.2 billion debt by more than $1.2 billion and raising sewer rates annually by 7.41 percent for four years. Rates would rise by 3.49 percent annually for an undetermined amount of years after that.
The plan must be approved by Thomas Bennett, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.
Alabama has several new laws taking effect Monday, including one allowing the state parole board to issue posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys.
The founder of the Scottsboro Boys Museum, Sheila Washington, says paperwork will be filed soon asking the board to issue pardons removing rape convictions that occurred more than 80 years ago. She says pardons would mean shame is gone from the names of the Scottsboro Boys.
It's difficult enough for actors to perform a play in two languages and make sure the audience understands. An Alabama-based partnership of Cubans and Americans is tackling that and more with an unusual engagement in New York.
The cast and crew of "Alcestis Ascending" are preparing for one of just a handful of joint Cuban-American plays to hit the Big Apple since the Cuban revolution of the 1950s.
They'll perform in Tuscaloosa starting Monday, then move the show to New York on July 9. Finally, the production will head to Havana.
A minor league baseball team in Alabama is holding a gun giveaway at a game and offering free admission to members of the National Rifle Association.
The Huntsville Stars are planning a promotion called "Second Amendment Night" on July 3.
A Huntsville-area gun shop is sponsoring the promotion for the Stars, a Class-AA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. NRA members will get into the game for free with their membership card, and the team will hold a drawing for two free rifles and a handgun during the game.
A federal judge is blocking part of Alabama's new abortion clinic law from taking effect. The part of the law at issue requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to a nearby hospital.