Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

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5:55 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Bentley May Expand Medicaid, Small Business Seminar on ACA

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Governor Robert Bentley may be softening his position on expanding Medicaid. APR’s Pat Duggins reports…

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Budget Crisis
5:43 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Governor Bentley Challenges Legislators to Lead on Budget Crisis

Governor Robert Bentley
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Governor Robert Bentley is challenging legislators to be leaders as they address the state's budget crisis next year.

  Bentley says he wants to make significant changes instead of putting a Band-Aid on the state's budget for another year.  The governor has said he will suggest solutions when he submits his proposed budget next year, but has not yet detailed what those will be.

 Legislators heard a grim General Fund presentation on the final day of legislative orientation.

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Alabama Unemployment
4:55 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Alabama Unemployment Rate Declines To 6.3 Percent

Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.3 percent, but it remains above the national average.

Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.3 percent, but it remains above the national average.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Friday that Alabama's rate declined from 6.6 percent in September to 6.3 percent in October. That's the same rate Alabama recorded a year ago. The October rate is higher than the national figure of 5.8 percent.

Bentley says Alabama is seeing healthy growth in jobs and is seeing a decline in the amount of unemployment benefits being paid.

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Governor-Inauguration
3:55 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Gov. Bentley Picks Alabama Power CEO To Head Inaugural

Gov. Robert Bentley has selected Alabama Power's top executive to serve as chairman of his inaugural committee.
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Gov. Robert Bentley has selected Alabama Power's top executive to serve as chairman of his inaugural committee.

Bentley says Mark Crosswhite of Birmingham will be in charge of planning an inauguration that brings people together regardless of political affiliation and that celebrates the things that make Alabama great.

Crosswhite is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Alabama Power.

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Governor-Campaign Leftovers
4:17 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Gov. Bentley To Donate Leftover Campaign Funds

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to use any leftover campaign funds to benefit the state.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to use any leftover campaign funds to benefit the state.

Bentley said Friday he will set up a charitable organization to receive his leftover funds and then distribute them to projects. He said no projects are definite, but one group he would like to help is foster children.

Bentley did something similar with his inaugural fund in 2011. He raised $1.6 million in donations to pay for his inauguration and had more than $300,000 left. He donated that to the state General Fund to support state agencies during a lean budget year.

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Ebola-Alabama
4:08 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Alabama Monitors 3 From Ebola Areas

Dr. Don Williamson says his staff has monitored three people who traveled to Alabama from west African countries with Ebola outbreaks, and there have been no problems.
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Alabama's health officer says his staff has monitored three people who traveled to Alabama from west African countries with Ebola outbreaks, and there have been no problems.

Dr. Don Williamson and Gov. Robert Bentley provided an update Thursday on Alabama's preparations for Ebola.

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Yellow Dot
4:03 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Yellow Dot Safety Program Now Statewide

The Yellow Dot alerts first responders to a yellow information packet in the glove compartment that lists health conditions, medications and emergency contacts.
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A free program designed to help people after a traffic accident is now available statewide.

Bullock County officials joined Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday to start participating in the Yellow Dot program and complete coverage statewide. The program began in 2009 in Etowah County.

Yellow Dot coordinator Lora Weaver says a Yellow Dot decal is placed in the back window of a vehicle. If a crash occurs, the dot alerts first responders to a yellow information packet in the glove compartment that lists health conditions, medications and emergency contacts.

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Politics & Government
6:17 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Bentley Passes $6 Million Fundraising Mark

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Gov. Robert Bentley has surpassed the $6 million fundraising mark in his quest to win a second term in office.

Bentley has raised $6.1 million over the last two years, according to fundraising reports filed Thursday.

Republican Bentley maintains a lopsided fundraising advantage over Democrat Parker Griffith a month ahead of the November election.

Griffith has raised $347,000 in cash donations since announcing his bid for governor.

The former congressman has also loaned his campaign $391,000.

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Alabama Debt Repayment
3:44 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Alabama Repaying $70 Million In Debt

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Thursday that the state will repay $70 million to the Alabama Trust Fund from fiscal 2014 revenue.
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Alabama is whittling down the debt it owes to a state trust fund for money borrowed during the recession.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Thursday that the state will repay $70 million to the Alabama Trust Fund from fiscal 2014 revenue. Half of that was required by state law, and the other half became available because of extra revenue the state received.

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Teachers-Governor's Race
3:44 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

AEA Becomes Griffith's Biggest Contributor

The state teachers' organization, the Alabama Education Association, has become the biggest contributor to Democrat Parker Griffith's campaign for governor.
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The state teachers' organization, the Alabama Education Association, has become the biggest contributor to Democrat Parker Griffith's campaign for governor.

Griffith filed a campaign finance report late Thursday afternoon showing he had received a $300,000 contribution from AEA. Prior to the contribution, he was reporting $25,050 in his campaign account.

The contribution comes after AEA's political action committee reported borrowing $700,000 from a bank on Sept. 4.

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Corruption Probe
4:05 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Deputy AG Seeks Independent Investigation

Deputy Attorney General Sonny Reagan is asking his his boss, Attorney General Luther Strange or the governor to appoint an independent person to look into the accusations against him.
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A deputy state attorney general is asking for the appointment of an independent investigation into accusations that he interfered with a public corruption investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Sonny Reagan sent a letter Monday to his boss, Attorney General Luther Strange, saying he did nothing wrong.

Reagan asked for Strange or Gov. Robert Bentley to appoint an independent person to look into the accusations against him as well as a misconduct complaint Reagan previously filed against Matt Hart, who's a key prosecutor in the corruption probe.

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Alabama Governor-Reward
3:54 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Gov. Bentley Announces Reward In Girl's Death

Gov. Robert Bentley says anyone with information that leads to a suspect's arrest and conviction in an eight-year-old girl's death will receive a $5,000 reward.
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Gov. Robert Bentley says anyone with information that leads to a suspect's arrest and conviction in an eight-year-old girl's death will receive a $5,000 reward.

Hiawayi Robinson was reported missing Tuesday, and her body was found on Thursday.

Bentley says in a statement released Friday that he and his wife were heartbroken by Robinson's death. He says state law enforcement agencies have assisted police in the girl's hometown of Prichard, and 10 State Bureau of Investigation agents will remain until an arrest is made.

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Politics & Government
6:32 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Bentley, Griffith to Address Employees' Group

Robert Bentley on left, Parker Griffith on right
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Republican Gov. Robert Bentley and Democratic challenger Parker Griffith won't be speaking to the same audience at the same time, but they will be speaking on consecutive days.

Bentley is scheduled to address a convention of active and retired public employees Tuesday in Montgomery, and then Griffith talks to the group on Wednesday. Several other candidates for state offices are also on the agenda Wednesday.

The group, known as ARSEA/APEAL, is a combination of the Alabama Retired State Employees' Association and the Alabama Public Employees' Advocacy League.

Politics & Government
4:55 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Bentley to Announce Small Business Commission

Governor Robert Bentley
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A newly-created special commission is expected to help small business startups throughout the state and assist existing businesses in their expansion efforts.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to announce the creation of the Alabama Small Business Commission Monday morning at the state Capitol building along with House Speaker Mike Hubbard, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh and National Federation of Independent Business State Director Rosemary Elebash.

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Governor-Security Costs
3:38 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Governor's Security Officer Makes Lots Of OT

Questions over overtime arise after the head of Gov. Robert Bentley's security detail made nearly $17,000 in August.
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The head of Gov. Robert Bentley's security detail made $16,918 in August including overtime.

Al.com reports the August income pushed Wendell Ray Lewis' salary, including overtime, so far this fiscal year to $153,000. That's with one month to go in the fiscal year. Lewis' salary is almost $50,000 more than the head of the state Department of Public Safety made in the same period.

Al.com reports that during the last four years on Bentley's security detail, Lewis has made $563,000, or an average of nearly $141,000 per year.

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