Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Alabama State President
5:09 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Silver Says He Did Not Get Cooperation At ASU

ASU President Joseph Silver was placed on paid administrative leave on Monday.
Credit article.wn.com

Suspended Alabama State University President Joseph Silver said he did not receive cooperation from top university officials concerning the school's finances.


An executive committee of the board placed Silver on paid administrative leave Monday after Silver tried to fire executive vice president John Knight. Knight is a state representative from Montgomery.


Silver said in a written statement Wednesday that while reviewing the university's financial information, he had questions and no one would give him answers or provide requested documentation.

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Business & Education
8:43 am
Sat November 24, 2012

State, Local Leaders from Ala Head to Germany

Airbus announced plans for a new factory in Mobile, Ala in July 2012.
Credit money.cnn.com

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and other leaders are heading to Europe to promote Alabama at an aviation gathering.

The officials will attend the Aviation Forum 2012 for a special panel presentation about Airbus' decision to build aircraft in Mobile.

WKRG-TV (http://bit.ly/UyzeL2) reports the two-day gathering will be held in Hamburg, Germany, starting Tuesday.

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Business & Education
8:25 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Ala. Becomes 10th State to Partner with Microsoft

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More than 140 high schools in Alabama are partnering with Microsoft to add business software programs to their curriculum.

The Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/Tb0HkP ) reports that Alabama will become the 10th state to use Office software in a partnership with the company.

Gov. Robert Bentley made the announcement Tuesday at the Autauga County Technology Center in Prattville.

Bentley says technology partnerships with 143 schools in the state are essential as industries become increasingly tech-driven.

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Bentley-Health Insurance
5:08 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Gov. Bentley Defends Decision On Health Exchange

Governor Robert Bentley says a state run health insurance exchange could cost Alabama $30-$50 million.
Credit State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley is defending his decision against creating a state-based health insurance exchange program and expanding Medicaid in Alabama.


Bentley once touted a state-based health insurance exchange, but now he says state control is impractical.


The governor's decision means the federal government can now set up a health insurance marketplace for the state under the new federal health care law.


Bentley says that law is cumbersome and unworkable.

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Arts & Life
7:34 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Bentley Kicks Off Salvation Army Kettle Campaign

Credit salvationarmyalm.org

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will be joined by officials of the Salvation Army on the Alabama Capitol steps to launch the 2012 Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign in Montgomery.

Bentley will launch the 2012 campaign during a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday on the Capitol steps.

Bentley's office said the campaign provides funds to the Salvation Army for emergency shelter, food, clothing and day-to-day assistance.

The Salvation Army also ministers to the spiritual needs of people in the area.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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Business & Education
1:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Ala. governor, others advocate pre-K expansion

The governor is adding his voice to business and education leaders calling for an expansion of Alabama's small pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds.

Gov. Robert Bentley says he wants to expand pre-K education and considers it more important than the Alabama Reading Initiative.

Bentley's comments to a Birmingham business group came less than a week after the State Board of Education called for an extra $5 million next year. A coalition of business leaders, educators and children's advocates is pushing for an even bigger increase.

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Politics & Government
7:11 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Governor: No Decision on Ala. Insurance Exchange

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced no decision yet on whether he wants Alabama to create a health insurance exchange or leave it to the federal government.


Friday is the deadline for states to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about what they intend to do. Exchanges are mandated by the Affordable Care Act for each state, but they can be state run or federally run.

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Politics & Government
7:10 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Governor: No Decision on Ala. Insurance Exchange

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced no decision yet on whether he wants Alabama to create a health insurance exchange or leave it to the federal government.


Friday is the deadline for states to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about what they intend to do. Exchanges are mandated by the Affordable Care Act for each state, but they can be state run or federally run.

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Politics & Government
8:29 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Voters OK Measure Designed to Bring Jobs to State

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.

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Governor-Budget
9:44 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Alabama Governor Drops Riley's Budget Process

Governor Robert Bentley has abandoned a budgeting process used by former Gov. Bob Riley's administration.
Credit State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley's administration has abandoned a budgeting process used by former Gov. Bob Riley's administration that required government agencies to set goals and plan their spending to achieve those goals.

The budgeting process, which went by the acronym SMART, was run out of the state's Executive Planning Office. The last person to head that office, Jonathan Barganier, says that data collected was useful, but it often wasn't used by legislators for budget decisions. He said the additional paperwork it required was a challenge.

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Politics & Government
11:22 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Alabama Unemployment Drops After 4-month Climb

Alabama's unemployment rate dropped in September after climbing for the four previous months.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that Alabama's rate fell from 8.5 percent in August to 8.3 percent in September. That's below last year's rate of 8.8 percent.

The September figure represents nearly 178,000 Alabamians looking for work. That's down from 183,000 the prior month.

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State Employees Retirement
5:37 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Gov. Bentley Reveals Retirement Incentive Plan Details

Governor Bentley Bentley will ask legislators to pass a bill offering eligible state employees an incentive if they voluntarily retire.
State of Alabama

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley plans to ask legislators to pass a bill offering eligible state employees an incentive if they voluntarily retire.

The governor announced details of the plan at a news conference Monday in Huntsville. He said it would either pay 100 percent of monthly premiums for health insurance for five years or offer $15,000 in cash payments.

He said the program would help retiring workers while at the same time saving taxpayers between $18 million and $26 million a year.

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Hurricane Aid
4:42 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

5 More Counties Eligible For Aid After Hurricane

Governor Bentley says five more counties damaged by Hurricane Isaac are eligible for federal aid.
FEMA

Alabama's governor says five more counties will be eligible for federal aid aimed at helping communities recover from damage caused by Hurricane Isaac.

Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved the request.

Bentley had sent a letter to FEMA saying the five counties -- Covington, Dallas, Geneva, Monroe and Perry -- suffered $2.5 million in damage.

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Governor's Home Burglarized
5:11 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Governor Bentley's Private Home Burglarized

Tuscaloosa Police say Gov. Bentley's private home was burglarized Sunday.
governor.alabama.gov Office of the Governor

Police say someone has broken into the private home of Gov. Robert Bentley in Tuscaloosa.

A police statement issued Wednesday says officers responded to an alarm that went off at Bentley's home shortly before midnight on Sunday.

A television was taken, but police say other items weren't reported missing.

Police say someone entered the house through a window by force. No arrests have been made, but police say they are investigating.

Arts & Life
8:27 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Ala. governor Seeks Aid for 5 More Counties

Waves crash into the public fishing pier at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala., shortly before Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.
AP Photo/Jay Reeves

Alabama's governor is asking for federal assistance for five more counties affected by Hurricane Isaac.

Gov. Robert Bentley sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency saying Covington, Dallas, Geneva, Monroe and Perry counties in south and west Alabama suffered $2.5 million in damage. Bentley said that's based on damage assessments completed this week.

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