Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Alabama Pre-K Program
5:52 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Alabama Legislator Back Governor's Pre-K Expansion

Senator Vivian Davis Figures supports an expansion of Alabama's Pre-K program.
AP Photo/Dave Martin

Republican and Democratic legislators say Gov. Robert Bentley's plan to expand Alabama's pre-kindergarten program has broad support and will be approved by the Legislature.


Bentley called for the expansion in his State of the State address Tuesday night. Senate Democratic leader Vivian Davis Figures said an expansion will provide a solid foundation for Alabama children.

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Alabama Budgets
5:39 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Alabama Governor Says Budgets Improving Slightly

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Gov. Robert Bentley says his proposed budgets for the new fiscal year are slightly better than this year's budgets.

Bentley told legislators in his State of the State address Tuesday night that Alabama's economy is improving and that's allowing him to recommend more education spending. His plan includes expanding Alabama's pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds and giving a 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise to teachers. He did not recommend a raise for state employees.

Law Enforcement Consolidation
5:28 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Alabama Officials Compromise On Law Enforcement

Governor Robert Bentley and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh have reached an agreement on how to best consolidate state law enforcement.
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Alabama's governor and a legislative leader have compromised on consolidating law enforcement programs.


Gov. Robert Bentley and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh had offered different plans to improve efficiency, but they announced an agreement on a bill Tuesday.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:03 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

2013 Session Of Alabama Legislature Begins

The 2013 legislative session is underway.
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The Alabama Legislature's 2013 regular session has started.


Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey started the session in the Senate at noon. Speaker Mike Hubbard gaveled the House into session at 12:10 p.m.


The session will last until mid-May. Lawmakers must complete the session in 30 meeting days during 105 calendar days.


Major issue facing lawmakers will be balancing the General Fund and education budgets in a year when funds are expected to be tight.

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Governor-Roads
4:50 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Gov. Bentley Announces 302 Road Projects

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced 302 road and bridge projects that the state will finance with bond sales.
Credit State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced 302 more road and bridge projects that the state will finance with bond sales.


The 302 projects announced Monday total $398 million. That boosts his Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program to 439 projects totaling $613 million.


The largest projects include $18.7 million in Tuscaloosa to extend Fifth Avenue to Hackberry Lane at the University of Alabama campus and $16.6 million in Foley to extend Pride Drive from Alabama Highway 59 to County Road 20.

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Politics & Government
12:15 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Alabama Republican Party Re-Elects Party Chairman

Bill Armistead won re-election as chairman of Alabama's Republican Party despite strong competition from Matt Fridy.
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The Alabama Republican Party has re-elected party Chairman Bill Armistead despite a campaign by the governor and other top Republicans to oust him.

The State Republican Executive Committee voted Saturday in Birmingham, with Armistead defeating challenger Matt Fridy. The winner will lead the GOP into the 2014 elections.

Gov. Robert Bentley, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and House Speaker Mike Hubbard supported Fridy. Armistead had the backing of Chief Justice Roy Moore.

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Business & Education
8:26 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Auburn Trustees Select 2 to Board Positions

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The Auburn University Board of Trustees has approved two men for positions on the board.


The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/WCL75N) that the board made the decision during a meeting in Montgomery Thursday afternoon.


Mike DeMaioribus was approved as the District 8 trustee; and Wayne Smith was approved as an at-large trustee.


The 58-year-old DeMaioribus is the senior vice president at Dynetics Inc., a Huntsville-based company that specializes in intelligence, missiles, aviation and space.

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Midland City Standoff
4:37 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Alabama Governor Calls Mother Of Kidnapped Boy

Governor Robert Bentley has reached out to the mother of the boy being held hostage in a bunker in southeast Alabama.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he has called the mother of the 5-year-old Dale County boy kidnapped from his school bus on Tuesday. The boy is being held in a handmade bunker in Dale County in southeast Alabama.


Bentley said he has talked to the mother on the telephone. He described her as being "very distraught as I would be." The governor has four grown sons.


The governor said he and other state officials are "hoping for a peaceful" resolution of the situation.

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Ala. Governor Says Raises Unlikely this Year

Governor Robert Bentley
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Gov. Robert Bentley says it's unlikely teachers and state employees will get pay raises in this year's budgets.

The governor says his staff is studying the issue but that the money is just not there for a state employees' pay raise, which would mostly have to come out of the cash-strapped General Fund budget. He said it also looks uncertain whether the funds will be available for a pay increase for education employees.

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Ala. Governor Says Raises Unlikely this Year

Governor Robert Bentley
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Gov. Robert Bentley says it's unlikely teachers and state employees will get pay raises in this year's budgets.

The governor says his staff is studying the issue but that the money is just not there for a state employees' pay raise, which would mostly have to come out of the cash-strapped General Fund budget. He said it also looks uncertain whether the funds will be available for a pay increase for education employees.

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ASU Trustee-Resigns
5:13 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

ASU Trustee Resigns From Board

The lone Alabama State University trustee to vote against a separation agreement with former president Joseph Silver has resigned.
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The lone Alabama State University trustee to vote against a separation agreement with former president Joseph Silver has resigned.


Kathy Sawyer did not provide Gov. Robert Bentley with a reason for her resignation, but says she does not believe she can make any contributions to the school's board of trustees. The newspaper reports Bentley thanked Sawyer for her service and says she has served with dignity and integrity.

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State Law Enforcement
4:47 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Governor Bentley Proposes Law Enforcement Plan

Governor Bentley has signed an executive order that aims to improve the coordination between state law enforcement agencies.
Credit State of Alabama

Bentley signed the order Tuesday, which makes state Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier the state's senior law enforcement adviser.


One of Collier's responsibilities will be to ensure the maximum number of state law enforcement officers are on the streets. The governor says consolidating administrative duties among departments is a way to accomplish that.


Bentley says his plan would consolidate some administrative functions such as purchasing, fleet maintenance and communications.

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Politics & Government
7:11 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Bentley to Discuss Law Enforcement Efficiency Plan

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley plans a news conference to detail a plan for "increasing efficiency" among state-level law enforcement agencies.


Bentley plans to sign an executive order creating the position of Senior Law Enforcement Adviser. Bentley said in a news release Monday that Alabama Department of Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier will serve in this role and will help coordinate activities among state law enforcement agencies.

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King Day Activities
4:51 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Crowd Gathers At Ala. Capitol For King Day Rally

Martin Luther King Jr.
seattletimes.com

More than 500 people attended a rally on the steps of the Alabama Capitol to celebrate civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

King Day fell on the same day that President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term as the nation's first black president.

Speakers Monday included Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who called the King Day celebration "a great day for America."

Earlier Monday, Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Charles Steele told a Unity Breakfast in Birmingham that there was still much work to be done to fulfill King's dream.

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Law Enforcement Consolidation
5:33 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Ala. Officials Differ Over Law Enforcement Merger

Competing plans are being developed to obtain more efficiency in Alabama's law enforcement operations.
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Competing plans are being developed for achieving more efficiency in Alabama's law enforcement operations.


Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh unveiled legislation Friday that would consolidate and reorganize the state's many law enforcement functions into a new Public Safety Agency. It would include state troopers, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, marine police, the fire marshal and others. It would abolish the state Department of Homeland Security and divide its duties among other agencies.

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