Alabama voters have approved a measure that Gov. Robert Bentley says will help bring jobs to the state.
Amendment 2 allows the state to sell more bonds to get money to offer industries to build or expand plants in Alabama. The constitution already allows the state to sell up to $750 million in bonds to offer as industrial incentives, and the state has issued $720 million.
Alabama voters decided Tuesday to extend the state's Forever Wild land preservation program for 20 years.
The program, initially approved by voters in 1992, has secured more than 227,000 acres of land for public use through purchases or long-term leases. Land acquired ranges from more than 5,000 acres of fragile marshes on the Alabama coast to more than 16,000 acres at the Walls of Jericho, a dramatic gorge near the Tennessee border.
All six of Alabama's U.S. House members facing re-election have defeated challengers by wide margins.
Republican Rep. Martha Roby of Montgomery won a second two-year term Tuesday, and GOP Rep. Mike Rogers of Saks captured his sixth term. Republican Rep. Robert Aderholt of Haleyville won a ninth term, and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville claimed his second term.
GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus of Vestavia Hills won his 11th term in office. And the state's lone Democratic member, Rep. Terri Sewell of Birmingham, won a second term.
Alabama's last Democrat in statewide office, Lucy Baxley, is handing over the presidency of the Public Service Commission to Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.
Cavanaugh polled about 55 percent of the vote against Baxley. She will be sworn into office at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Montgomery. The 74-year-old Baxley told fellow Democrats Tuesday night that this was her last race.
Voters in Alabama will do more Tuesday than elect a president and several state officials, they will vote on 11 proposed constitutional amendments.
Arguably the most debated amendment is No. 4. It's the second time lawmakers have attempted to remove racist language from the 1901 Constitution that allowed separate schools and poll taxes. But black legislators have opposed the measure saying it leaves an amendment that says Alabama children have no right to an education.
Political experts are expecting Alabama voters to turn out Tuesday in numbers similar to 2008, even though this election lacks the history-making excitement of four years ago.
Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Beth Chapman, said she's looking for 72 to 74 percent of Alabama's 2.8 million voters to participate. That compares to 73.8 percent four years ago and 72.5 percent in 2004.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will be in Birmingham and Mobile Monday to discuss an amendment on Tuesday's ballot to allow the state to refinance bonds.
Bentley says the savings will free up funds to provide incentives for companies considering moving their facilities to Alabama. The incentives can also be used to encourage companies to expand facilities already in Alabama. Bentley said he believes passage of the amendment will create new jobs in Alabama.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is resuming work on its $246 million casino and hotel in Wetumpka.
Work on the 20-story project stopped two weeks ago after the Muscogee Nation of Creek Indians in Oklahoma objected to the plans. The Oklahoma tribe has historic ties to the land once known as Hickory Town Ground, and it objected to the graves of its ancestors being exhumed and moved.