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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.