Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

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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Governor-Education
4:52 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Gov. Bentley Forms Career Ready Task Force

Gov. Robert Bentley is forming a task force aimed at helping students become more career ready.
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Gov. Robert Bentley is creating a task force aimed at helping students better prepare for successful careers.


The governor signed an executive order Tuesday in Columbiana forming the College and Career Ready Task Force. He says it will bring together representatives of K-12 schools, two-year and four-year colleges and the business community to help the state offer a more coordinated approach to workforce development.

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Business & Education
9:16 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Cullman Auto Supplier Expanding, Adding 200 Jobs

edenenergy.com

Gov. Robert Bentley will join other officials in Cullman on Monday for the groundbreaking of an expansion at an automotive parts manufacturing company.

A spokesman for Bentley says about 200 jobs will be created by the expansion at REHAU. The company announced the 150,000-square foot expansion in June. The expansion will allow the company to develop and produce bumper assemblies for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and M-Class vehicles.

When the company announced the project, it set the first round of production for mid-2013.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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

blog.al.com

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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