Dianne Bentley

9:09 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Charter school bill passes legislature, ACLU fights state abortion law and Cottage Food Law class

ACLU attorney Andrew Beck

The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill to establish charter schools in the state.

The House of Representatives voted 58 to 41 to pass the bill after making a few changes. State senators voted 24 to 11 to adopt those changes. The bill now heads to Governor Bentley, who is expected to sign the measure into law after a legal review.

State Democrats have been especially critical of the bill. Nick Rose is the President of the Tuscaloosa Democratic Party. He outlined the party’s three main complaints with the charter school measure.

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Politics & Government
6:15 am
Wed October 1, 2014

First Lady Hosts Domestic Violence Vigil

Dianne Bentley
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Alabama first lady Dianne Bentley is leading a candlelight vigil at the state Capitol to bring attention to victims of domestic violence.

A spokeswoman for the governor's office says Gov. Robert Bentley will also attend the vigil Wednesday night. He will present a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence says more than 20,000 domestic violence cases were reported in 2013.

The vigil starts at 7:30 p.m. This is the second year the first lady has served as host.

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Politics & Government
4:59 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Dianne Bentley to Attend Domestic Violence Training Class

Dianne Bentley
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Alabama's first lady Dianne Bentley is scheduled to attend a domestic violence training session for Shelby County law enforcement officials.

Gov. Robert Bentley's office says the session Monday morning is part of Dianne Bentley's initiative to raise awareness of domestic violence.

The training session is being provided by SafeHouse, which offers emergency and transitional housing for those who are homeless because of abuse. The organization also provides domestic violence response and prevention programs.

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Blankets For Needy
7:48 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Ala. First Lady Resumes Blankets For Needy Effort

Ala. First Lady Diane Bentley is continuing a program to distribute blankets to the needy during the winter months

Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley is continuing a program to distribute blankets to homeless and displaced families during the winter months. The first lady announced the start of the program called "Blankets with a Blessing" Monday. She said new quilts and blankets would be collected from businesses and individuals through Nov. 13. The blankets will be donated to a domestic violence shelter somewhere in the state. A total of 55 blankets were donated last year and were given to SafeHouse shelter in Shelby County. "Blankets with a Blessing" started in 2004.

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