Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

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.
Credit ADECA

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

Credit http://governor.alabama.gov / Office of the Governor

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.
Credit The Governor's Office

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.
Credit Associated Press

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.
Credit LutherStrange.com

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.
Credit The Associated Press

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
Associated Press

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
Credit blog.al.com

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.
Credit blog.al.com

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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Alabama Fundraising
4:43 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Bentley Keeps Large Fundraising Lead Over Griffith

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is maintaining a large fundraising lead over Democratic challenger Parker Griffith.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is maintaining a large fundraising lead over Democratic challenger Parker Griffith.

The Republican incumbent has raised more than $5 million in contributions in his quest to win a second term.

Campaign fundraising reports filed Wednesday show that Bentley added more than $400,000 to his campaign war chest in August.

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Torchbearer Schools
4:15 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

6 Alabama Schools Recognized For Achievement

Six schools, including four from Mobile County, have been recognized in Montgomery for having high-achieving students that come mostly from low-income homes.
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Six schools, including four from Mobile County, have been recognized in Montgomery for having high-achieving students that come mostly from low-income homes.

The governor and state education officials held a ceremony Wednesday to honor six Alabama Torchbearer schools selected by the state Department of Education. The schools have at least 80 percent of their students receiving free or reduced-price lunches and score among the top 20 percent in state educational assessments.

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Politics & Government
6:15 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Griffith Challenges Gov. Bentley to Debates

Robert Bentley on left, Parker Griffith on right
Associated Press

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Parker Griffith is challenging Republican Gov. Robert Bentley to a series of seven debates before the November election.

Griffith says he believes voters want to see the two face off in a debate and explain their visions for Alabama.

Griffith issued his debate challenge last week. On Friday, Griffith hauled a large inflatable duck to Montgomery to accuse Bentley of ducking his debate challenge.

Computer Hacking-Alabama
4:28 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Governor Bentley Says Country Behind Hacking

Gov. Robert Bentley says he knows which country is responsible for the computer hacking incident in January, but he can't say.
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Gov. Robert Bentley says a country was behind the hacking of a state computer network in January.

Bentley told reporters that he knows which country, but he can't say. He says the only reason he knows is because of his top secret security clearance and that's why he can't reveal the name.

He says the hacking was caught and corrected.

State officials announced in January that employees of the state Information Services Division had discovered the breach, and they said they were beginning a criminal investigation. Bentley says he doesn't expect any criminal case now.

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Politics & Government
6:18 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Bentley, Griffith Make Pitch to Commissioners

Associated Press

Republican Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and his Democratic opponent, Parker Griffith, faced off Thursday in back-to-back campaign speeches.

Griffith took repeated jabs at Bentley as he addressed county commissioners' annual convention in Orange Beach.

Griffith called Bentley a failed governor who hasn't addressed the state's struggles with education, health care, prisons and unemployment. Griffith said Bentley lets fear of the tea party dictate his policy decisions.

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Politics & Government
6:14 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Bentley, Griffith Make Pitch to Commissioners

Robert Bentley on left, Parker Griffith on right
Associated Press

Republican Gov. Robert Bentley and his Democratic opponent, former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith, will make dueling campaign speeches in Orange Beach.

Bentley and Griffith are scheduled to address the annual convention of county commissioners Thursday afternoon. Griffith will speak first, followed by Bentley. Organizers say the candidates will not debate and will not be on stage at the same time.

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