Frigid cold, Gulf restoration, Jobs announcement

Nov 18, 2014

State officials say they've gained approval for nearly $10 million in projects aimed at restoring Alabama's coastline. APR’s Stan Ingold reports, the restorations are needed after the 2010 gulf oil spill… Governor Robert Bentley says nine-point-six million dollars for four Alabama projects has been approved by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. He says projects address conservation needs to restore some of Alabama's natural resources affected by the disaster. Bentley says that plea agreements involving BP and Transocean directed over two and a half billion dollars to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation over a five-year period for various projects in five Gulf coast states. Bentley says a total of $356 million will be paid into the Gulf Fund over a five-year period for conservation projects in Alabama. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is in line to become chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association in two years. The association's executive director, Jessica Garrison, says Strange is now a member of the association's executive committee, and he is scheduled to become chairman for 2016-2017. The association's new chairman is Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. She will be followed by Michigan’s Attorney General and then Strange. Alabama voters elected Strange to a second term earlier this month. Governor Robert Bentley is expected to make an economic development announcement during a speech today in Birmingham. The governor will speak at the Birmingham Business Alliance's annual governor's luncheon. Bentley is expected to announce a new jobs project and address other issues affecting the state and the Birmingham area. The event begins at noon and more than 500 people are expected to attend.