Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

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10:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Battle of Selma marker, Jimmie Lee Jackson nurse and Bentley tax proposal

Major General James H. Wilson ca. 1865

The world is getting ready to remember the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma early next month. But another bit of Selma history is being remembered now.

100 years before the voting rights march and Bloody Sunday, the Battle of Selma took place during the Civil War. A historic marker was just unveiled at the corner of Highland and Summerfield Road.

In April of 1965, Union general James H. Wilson defeated the troops under Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest. Wilson’s biographer, Edward Longacre, says Wilson was only 27 at the time.

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Newscast
8:29 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Alabama bracing for winter storm, DoT scrambling and same-sex couple back in court

Tim Troutman, lead forecaster for Huntsville's National Weather Service

Governor Robert Bentley is declaring a state of emergency ahead of a winter storm expected to bring snow, ice, and freezing rain to the region.

Thirty Alabama counties stretching from the Tennessee border to Birmingham and Tuscaloosa are under a winter storm warning from 9 AM until midnight today.

Tim Troutman is the lead forecaster at Huntsville’s National Weather Service. He says everyone in the warning area should prepare for a lot of snow.

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Newscast
9:33 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Bentley talks taxes, UA Science Olympiad and weather sales tax holiday

Governor Robert Bentley at Pike Co. Lockheed Martin.

Governor Robert Bentley will ask lawmakers to approve a $700 million tax and revenue package in the upcoming legislative session.

Bentley said Thursday he wasn't going to sugarcoat the state's budget situation. He said Alabama needs additional revenue to maintain services. Bentley also joked that it must be true if a Deep South Republican says raising taxes is the only option.

Bentley is expected to discuss the specifics of those new tax proposals in his State of the State address on the opening day of the legislative session, March 3.

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Newscast
9:18 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Hubbard Ethics Case, European Trade Agreement and Alabama Jobs

Rep. Mike Hubbard (R), Speaker of Alabama's House of Representatives

Lawyers for House Speaker Mike Hubbard are now asking prosecutors to disclose any conversations they had with legislators. They are also looking for conversations with members of the executive branch about the case.

Defense lawyers filed a discovery motion Wednesday asking a judge to force prosecutors to disclose any calls with legislators or executive branch members. They also asked for any copies of conversations that might have been recorded.

Hubbard's lawyers had already asked prosecutors to disclose any media calls.

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Newscast
5:57 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Bentley's New Business Strategy, Tax Help and Obama to Visit Selma

President Obama visits Selma in 2007
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Bringing new industry into your state is often an expensive undertaking, full of tax breaks and other financial incentives. But as APR’s Alex AuBuchon reports, Alabama may start looking for results before handing over any cash...

     Governor Bentley is looking at changing how the state of Alabama tries to lure new business and industry to the area.That’s what he told an audience today at the Economic Development Association convention in Montgomery.

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Newscast
5:44 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Bentley Inaugurated, MLK Day and Scale Back Alabama

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

  Governor Robert Bentley says there are no easy solutions to the state's budget and prison problems. Bentley, in his second inaugural address, said state leaders face tough decisions as they come into office for the next four years. However, Bentley said state leaders will not shrink away from the challenge.

     A budget shortfall and the state's severely overcrowded prisons are expected to be the biggest problems facing the Legislature when it convenes in March. The governor is expected to give his proposals when he gives his State of the State address in March.

     

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Newscast
5:52 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Alabama's International Ties, Girl Scout Cookies and Earthquakes

Alabama Emergency Management Director Art Faulkner
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The state of Alabama and the country of Peru are a step closer to stronger economic ties. APR Student Reporter Sable Washington reports on today’s ceremony and a similar one is underway involving Europe…

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Bentley and Strange
5:47 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Bentley to Strange, "State Has Limited Resources to Fight Gambling."

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and State Attorney General Luther Strange
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Governor Robert Bentley is telling Attorney General Luther Strange that the state has limited resources to fight gambling.   The governor, in a January 13th letter to Strange, says the primary duty rests with local law enforcement.

The governor says he was responding to a memo that Strange sent district attorneys and local law enforcement officials suggesting that state police would be a "valuable resource" to them in trying to shut down gambling operations.  Strange said he expected them to enforce gambling laws.

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Newscast
6:10 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Drone Report Reaches Gov. Bentley and UAB "No Confidence Vote"

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Alabama’s Unmanned Aerial System Task Force has submitted a report to Governor Bentley. That report will lay the groundwork for regulating unmanned aerial drones throughout the state. Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan heads that task force. He says the privacy of Alabama’s citizens was a great concern when drafting the report, but compared UAVs to another hot-button privacy topic.

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New Jobs
5:47 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley Announces New Jobs

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Polaris Industries is planning a manufacturing plant that will bring as many as 2,000 jobs to north Alabama.  Governor Robert Bentley and other leaders announced the factory during an event in Huntsville on Friday.

The 600,000-square-foot plant will construct off-road vehicles in Limestone County west of Huntsville. Production is slated for 2016.The project adds a new twist to Alabama's growing vehicle industry, which mainly involves automobiles.  

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Newscast
5:55 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Obama Recruits Montgomery Based Group Leader, State Unemployment Down

Equal Justice Initiative Director Bryan Stevenson
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Alabama's unemployment rate is down to 6 percent.   The preliminary jobless rate announced Friday represents the state's best unemployment numbers in more than six years. But the state is still slightly above the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.8 percent.

 Governor Robert Bentley's office says the November jobless rate is an improvement from October, when the rate was 6.3 percent. It's also better than the numbers a year ago.

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Newscast
6:08 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Bentley Exploring Medicaid Expansion, Oil Transportation, VA Meeting

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
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Newscast
5:55 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Bentley May Expand Medicaid, Small Business Seminar on ACA

Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Logo
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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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