Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

State Park Cuts
10:38 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Cuts To State Park Operations May Be Ahead

Cuts to the state parks system could be coming due to new legislation.
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  The state conservation department says it may eliminate some services and cut back hours of operation at state parks across Alabama.


The department's state parks director, Gregory Lien, has written a letter to community leaders explaining the circumstances.


Parks officials said the possible cuts stem from pending legislation that would divert $5 million in tax revenue that has been used in prior years to support the parks. Instead, the parks would rely only on the money they generate, which is not sufficient to maintain services.

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Governor-Educators
10:09 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Governor Bentley Faces Upset Education Retirees

Governor Robert Bentley addressed the Alabama Education Retirees Association in Montgomery.
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  Gov. Robert Bentley told retired educators that he signed a bill providing private school tax credits because of the flexibility it gives public schools to try new ideas to improve learning.

Bentley said he knew he would be facing an upset audience Tuesday when he addressed the Alabama Education Retirees Association in Montgomery, but he did it because of his respect for teachers.

Bentley told the retired educators, "Y'all are mad at me. I understand that."

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Tuscaloosa County Sheriff
6:44 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Decision on New Tuscaloosa Sheriff Expected Soon

Governor Robert Bentley is expected to appoint a new sheriff for Tuscaloosa County after Ted Sexton announced he's leaving the job earlier this month.
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A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says he expects to appoint a new sheriff for Tuscaloosa County soon.

Sheriff Ted Sexton announced March 8 that he's leaving Tuscaloosa County after 22 years on the job. The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/YyKbMp ) Sexton starts work Monday as homeland security division director for the Los Angeles County sheriff in California.

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New Interchange
4:45 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Alabama Breaks Ground For Beach Interchange

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Baldwin County officials break ground for an interchange that will tie Interstate 10 with the Foley Beach Express.
Credit Brian Kelly / al.com

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley joined Baldwin County officials to break ground for an interchange that will tie Interstate 10 with the Foley Beach Express.


Bentley told the audience at the groundbreaking ceremony Friday that the interchange will bring more people to the coastal county and help with evacuations during hurricanes. Former Gov. Fob James, who lives in Baldwin County, also participated.


The $10.6 million interchange is the final of four projects linking the interchange to the beach.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:36 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Governor Bentley Signs Private School Tax Credit Bill

Governor Robert Bentley has signed a bill providing tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools instead of failing public schools.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley wasted no time in signing legislation providing tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools instead of failing public schools.


The Alabama Supreme Court decided late Wednesday afternoon to throw out a lower court order that kept the Legislature from sending the bill to the governor for signing. The Legislature delivered the bill Thursday morning and Bentley signed it just before 11 a.m.

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Angela Davis Honored
4:31 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Alabama Legislature Honors Activist Angela Davis

Activist Angela Davis was a vice presidential nominee for the Communist Party in 1980 and 1984.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Red state politics may have taken on a new meaning in Alabama.


Alabama's Republican-controlled Legislature passed a resolution honoring Angela Davis, who was a vice presidential nominee for the Communist Party in 1980 and 1984.


The resolution by Democratic Rep. Oliver Robinson of Birmingham won approval in the House Feb. 14 and in the Senate Feb. 19. Republican Gov. Robert Bentley declined to sign it, but it still became an official act of the Legislature.

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School Safety
5:03 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Ala. House Won't Override School Safety Bill Veto

The Alabama House will uphold Governor Bentley's veto of a bill to allow teachers and other school personnel to train as reserve sheriff's deputies.
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The Alabama House has voted to uphold Gov. Robert Bentley's veto of a bill to allow teachers and other school personnel to train as reserve sheriff's deputies.


The bill was a school safety measure by Democratic Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow of Red Bay. After training, the teachers could carry firearms in school as protection against shooting incidents.


Morrow says law enforcement officials and educators in his northwest Alabama county had endorsed the measure.

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Private School Tax Credits
7:43 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Governor Bentley Blocked From Signing School Tax Bill

A circuit court judge has extended an order preventing the governor from signing a private school tax credit bill.
Credit Al Whitaker / WHNT News 19

A judge is extending is an order preventing the governor from signing a private school tax credit bill. 


  Circuit Court Judge Charles Price ruled Wednesday that a temporary restraining order will remain in effect until a court hearing on March 15.


Spokesmen for Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh and House Speaker Mike Hubbard say they will appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:49 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Ala. Judge Plans To Rule On School Tax Credits

A judge plans to rule Wednesday on whether the governor can sign into law a bill providing private school tax credits.
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A judge plans to rule Wednesday on whether the governor can sign into law a bill providing private school tax credits.


Gov. Robert Bentley had planned to sign the bill Tuesday afternoon, but Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Charles Price temporarily put that on hold while he considers a lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association.


Price heard arguments Tuesday afternoon on whether the Legislature violated Alabama's open meeting law and its own operating rules in passing the bill in a series of quick votes Thursday night.

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Legislature-Abortion
4:42 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Governor Bentley Endorses Abortion Clinic Regulations

Governor Robert Bentley says if the state Senate approves tougher abortion clinic regulations then he will sign them.
Credit State of Alabama

Alabama's governor says he will sign tougher abortion clinic regulations if the state Senate approves them.


Gov. Robert Bentley spoke Tuesday at a rally organized by abortion opponents in Montgomery. Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and House Speaker Mike Hubbard also attended the rally.


The clinic regulatory bill has passed the House and is scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the Senate Health Committee. Committee Chairman Greg Reed says he expects the committee to approve the bill and send it to the Senate.

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School Safety
4:42 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Gov. Bentley Says Alabama Police Hold School Safety Answers

Governor Robert Bentley says he believes the ultimate solution to the state's school safety issue rests with law enforcement.
Credit dyn.politico.com

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he believes the ultimate solution to the school safety issue rests with law enforcement.


The governor Monday addressed the opening session of a two-day seminar on school safety at a Montgomery hotel. Bentley, legislators and education officials have been discussing how to keep schools safe since the December shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.

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Macon County-Jobs
4:18 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Macon County Land 1st CSX Select Site In Alabama

Macon County gets first CSX Select Site in Alabama.
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A 277-acre site in Macon County is the first in Alabama chosen as a CSX Select Site.


Officials announced the selection Monday. CSX started the Select Site program last year to work with economic developers to create a list of sites that are ready for development and that have direct rail service by CSX. The railroad screens potential sites with a site selection consulting firm. A senior location consultant with that firm, Jonathan Gemmen of the Austin Co., says the Macon County site near Notasulga is close to Interstate 85, Auburn University and Tuskegee University.

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School Safety Summit
6:30 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Governor Set to Address School Safety Summit

Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to address participants at a school safety summit.

The Virtual Alabama School Safety Summit will kick off Monday morning in Montgomery.


A number of topics will be covered, including new technologies that are now available.


Virtual Alabama is a high-tech information and system that helps first-responders during emergencies as public buildings, such as schools and colleges.


Other topics will include behavioral issues in schools and effective emergency operation plans.

Congress-Selma
4:11 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Governor Bentley Hosting Congressional Group

Governor Robert Bentley will host a reception at the Capitol for the congressional delegation, civil rights figures and other leaders.
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A congressional delegation headed to the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma will spend Saturday in Montgomery.

The delegation led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will conduct a wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil Rights Memorial at 11:30 a.m. A spokesman said it will honor people slain during the civil rights movement.

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Private Schools Tax Credits
4:43 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Education Leaders Say GOP 'Bushwhacked' Them

Governor Robert Bentley says running over his own education allies was worth it to get a private school tax credits bill passed.
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The governor says running over his own education allies was worth it to get tax credits to help children in failing public schools transfer to private schools.


Gov. Robert Bentley says he and other Republican leaders didn't tell the state school superintendent and other education leaders that they were planning to expand a school flexibility bill into a tax credit bill because they would have opposed it. School Superintendent Tommy Bice says the final product caught him by surprise and it was not the school flexibility bill that he had endorsed.

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