Gov. Robert Bentley says it's unlikely teachers and state employees will get pay raises in this year's budgets.
The governor says his staff is studying the issue but that the money is just not there for a state employees' pay raise, which would mostly have to come out of the cash-strapped General Fund budget. He said it also looks uncertain whether the funds will be available for a pay increase for education employees.
(Information in the following story is from: WALA-TV, http://www.fox10tv.com/)
Over 1,000 people gathered in Daphne to remember 72-year-old Bailey Yelding, former mayor of Daphne who died at his home Tuesday after a battle with cancer.
WALA-TV reports well-wishers gathered at the Daphne Civic Center Friday for Yelding's funeral.
Yelding — who was the first black mayor of Daphne — has also served as an assistant school principal and city councilman. He was a member of Macedonia Missionary Church and was buried at Macedonia Memorial Gardens.
Auburn University officials are considering offering a graduate-level degree in brewing sciences.
The degree is among issues expected to be discussed at the school's board of trustees meeting Feb. 1.
The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/10IX8Fe) that the program would provide graduate-level coursework for students and professionals interested in learning about brewing, including malting, mashing, brewing and fermentation.
The trustees are also expected to discuss a possible graduate-degree program in turf grass management.
Alabama schools superintendent Tommy Bice says the state's schools have a comprehensive safety plan which he feels good about.
Bice's comments came during a Thursday work session of the Alabama Board of Education. The session was called to discuss safety in state schools in the wake of last month's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
The superintendent has asked state public school systems to turn in their school safety plans to him by early next month.
The chairman of an Alabama Beverage Control board panel says it expects to rule within 15 days on the Victoryland casino's request for a liquor license.
The committee concluded an all-day meeting about 5 p.m. Wednesday and committee chairman, Joe Adams, says it will now review mounds of evidence.
Deputy Attorney General Sonny Reagan urged the committee to deny the casino's application. VictoryLand attorney Joe Espy says the machines have been declared legal bingo machines by Macon County Sheriff David Warren, and the license should be granted.
The lone Alabama State University trustee to vote against a separation agreement with former president Joseph Silver has resigned.
Kathy Sawyer did not provide Gov. Robert Bentley with a reason for her resignation, but says she does not believe she can make any contributions to the school's board of trustees. The newspaper reports Bentley thanked Sawyer for her service and says she has served with dignity and integrity.
An Alabama dairy farmer has been chosen to serve as a spokesman for a national farmers' association.
Will Gilmer, of Lamar County, will serve as one of four national spokesmen for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Officials say Gilmer and other winners were selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants in the national Faces of Farming and Ranching program.
As a spokesman for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, Gilmer will help educate consumers on how food is grown and cultivated.
State officials are considering introducing a bill that would allow high school students to enroll in community college courses for free.
Community College System Chancellor Mark Heinrich says he is working with state lawmakers to draft a bill on the issue as early as the 2013 legislative session. Heinrich made the statement Tuesday at the Economic Development Association of Alabama's winter conference.