Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Politics & Government
6:48 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Alabama Governor Becomes Chairman of Oil Group

Governor Robert Bentley is the first Alabama governor to chair the IOGCC.
governor.alabama.gov

Gov. Robert Bentley has become the first Alabama governor to serve as chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.


The commission is an organization of 38 states involved in oil and natural gas production. Bentley's office said his goals as the chairman for 2013 include providing more extensive training for oil and gas inspector certification and bringing the states' regulatory and technical staffs together to share ideas and best practices.

Arts & Life
5:47 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Ala. Governor to Survey Troy Area Tornado Damage

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley plans to visit locations in the Troy area in Pike County that were affected by Christmas Day tornadoes.


The governor plans to visit Brantley Mobile Home Park in Troy at 1:45 p.m. Friday. At 2:45 p.m. Friday he will visit a home on Pike County Road 2214 to survey damage from the storms.


Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner will join the governor to survey the damage. The governor made a similar trip Thursday to survey storm damage in Mobile.

Arts & Life
10:37 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Ala Governor Says State Compiling Storm Losses

Al Whitaker WHNT News 19

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says officials aren't sure whether the state will qualify for federal aid to help with recovery from the Christmas Day tornado outbreak.

Bentley's comments came Thursday in Prichard, where he is touring damage left by the storm. A twister left millions in damage at a trucking company the governor visited.

Bentley says the state is still compiling damage assessments from the storms, which hit multiple counties across the state. He says officials are trying to determine what sort of aid the state and local governments could receive.

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Arts & Life
5:48 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Gov. Bentley to Survey Storm Damage in Mobile Area

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to tour the Mobile area to visit neighborhoods that were impacted by the storm system that recently tore through the area.

Officials in Bentley's office have announced the governor plans to join Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner Thursday to ensure communities that were impacted by the storm are connected to the resources they need.

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Alabama State President
5:10 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Governor Bentley Plans To Vote To Keep ASU President

Governor Robert Bentley says he plans to vote to keep Alabama State President Joseph Silver.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he will vote to retain Joseph Silver as president of Alabama State University unless he hears a legitimate reason why Silver should be fired.


Bentley serves as president of the Alabama state Board of Trustees by virtue of his position as governor.


The trustees have scheduled a meeting for 2:30 p.m. Friday and are expected to take a vote on whether to fire Silver two months after he was hired. The president was suspended shortly after he attempted to fire two top administrators.

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Tornado Relief
5:10 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Governor Announces Tornado Relief Grants For Ala.

Governor Bentley announced federal grants for tornado recovery for nine local governments.
Credit The Birmingham News, Tamika Moore

Nine local governments in north and west Alabama have been awarded more than $15.7 million in grants to help with tornado recovery.


The grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development include $4.8 million to help rebuild Hackleburg's downtown. Eighteen people were killed and many of the businesses in the Marion County town were destroyed or heavily damaged by an April 27 tornado.

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Politics & Government
7:12 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Task Force to Recommend Ala. Law Enforcement Cuts

A state task force report will recommend ways to cut Alabama's law enforcement spending, most likely by combining some of the state's 22 law enforcement agencies.


The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/UwnWEE) that members of the Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force aren't yet giving specifics of what would be cut under the proposal. The report is to be delivered to Gov. Robert Bentley this weekend.


Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith said the recommendations should bring Alabama in line with neighboring states.

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GOP Chairman Challenged
5:04 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

GOP Chairman Disappointed Bentley Not Supportive

GOP Party Chairman Bill Armistead is disappointed Gov. Robert Bentley isn't backing his re-election bid.
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Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead says he's disappointed Gov. Robert Bentley has abandoned him, but he doesn't think it will affect the outcome of his re-election bid.


Bentley held a conference call with members of the Republican Executive Committee Thursday night, where he endorsed Birmingham attorney Matt Fridy for the party's top leadership job. Bentley backed Armistead when he was elected two years ago. Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and House Speaker Mike Hubbard are also backing Fridy.

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Arts & Life
6:47 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Gov. Bentley Lighting State's Christmas Tree

Credit blog.al.com

The official state Christmas tree is scheduled for lighting in front of the state Capitol in Montgomery.


Gov. Robert Bentley, first lady Dianne Bentley and members of the Garden Club of Alabama are supposed to turn on the lights in a ceremony that begins at 5:15 p.m. Friday.


The state's official Christmas tree this year is a 35-foot eastern red cedar grown in Bullock County. It was donated by Elisabeth Thompson, who owns Feathers Plantation in Fitzpatrick.

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PSC-Oden
4:53 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Governor Bentley Appoints Rep. Oden To Alabama PSC

Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Rep. Jeremy Oden to fill a vacant seat on the Alabama Public Service Commission.
Credit legislature.state.al.us / The Alabama Legislature

Alabama's governor has appointed Republican state Rep. Jeremy Oden of Vinemont to a vacant seat on the Alabama Public Service Commission.


Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday Oden will resign from his north Alabama House seat before joining the state's utility regulatory board on Monday.

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Shelby Drug Grant
4:09 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Ala. County Awarded Anti-Drug Trafficking Grant

Gov. Robert bentley has awarded a $140,000 grant to Shelby County to fight drug trafficking.
Credit http://dtf.shelbyal.com/ / Shelby County

Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded the Shelby County Commission nearly $140,000 to fight drug trafficking.


The  money will be given to the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force.


The task force performs undercover operations to bust meth labs, and helps investigate violent crimes.


The unit includes authorities from four law enforcement agencies and a prosecutor from the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.


Officials are particularly concerned about heroin trafficking in the county.

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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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