A north Alabama county is about it lose its biggest employer. International Paper says it’s closing the paper mill in Lawrence County after forty three years of operation. After the first round of layoffs we take a look at how the town of Courtland and the residents are doing.
Courtland Alabama has a population of around seven hundred people and one big employer. The International Paper mill provided jobs to over a thousand Lawrence County workers, but according to International Paper spokeswoman Laura Gipson that is about to change…
Election Day is less than a week away and there are many important races ranging from local all the way up to national for voters to decide. Alabamians will also have a chance to decide the outcome of 11 amendments on this year’s ballot as well. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez has an overview of the ballot measures and some of the amendments that are drumming up controversy.
Gov. Robert Bentley's office says Alabama's open records law doesn't cover budget cut proposals he could have implemented if Alabama voters had rejected the transfer of $437 million to the state General Fund budget. The Decatur Daily filed a public records request asking for correspondence between the governor and his staff or agency heads about possible cuts and about plans for early retirement incentives for public employees.
The political consulting firm that helped Robert Bentley win the governor's office is now helping persuade voters to give him more money to lure jobs to Alabama. Bentley is appearing in TV ads urging voters to vote yes on Amendment 2 in the election Nov. 6. The ads were done by Dresner Wickers Barber Sanders. That's a San Francisco firm that helped get across Bentley's message in 2010 that he would not draw a salary as governor until he got Alabama's high unemployment rate down to normal levels.
A professional organization representing Alabama's osteopathic doctors said it can't support the creation of a new medical college in Auburn. Members of the Alabama Osteopathic Medical Association (ALOMA) said construction of a new medical college in 2015 could dilute the quality of medical school applicants in the state. The Auburn school would open after another one slated to admit students in Dothan beginning next year. Members of the group say the situation could create a glut of students looking to complete medical school requirements at locations throughout Alabama.
Gov. Robert Bentley is crisscrossing the state to ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment that could determine how successful he is in keeping his campaign promise to create jobs. Bentley is urging voters to approve Amendment 2 on Nov. 6. He says it will give the state a new avenue for providing incentives for industries to locate in Alabama. Alabama's Constitution already allows the state to sell up to $750 million in bonds for industrial incentives. The state is near that limit.
Gov. Robert Bentley says he won't implement part of the federal Affordable Health Care Act in Alabama.
Bentley's aides announced Monday that he sent a letter to Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius saying he's an opponent of the act. Bentley said he will not make a decision on establishing minimum benefits for those buying individual and small group policies in Alabama. He called it irresponsible to decide what Alabama's benchmark will be for essential health benefits without clear guidance from the federal government.
The district attorney prosecuting cases in Monroe and Conecuh counties will soon retire.
Tommy Chapman will step down Monday from his post as district attorney for the 35th Judicial Circuit. Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Chapman's chief assistant, Steve Wadlington, to fill the remainder of Chapman's term.
Gov. Guy Hunt first appointed Chapman as the local district attorney in 1990. He was re-elected four times.
Gov. Robert Bentley has done something neither of Alabama's last two governors could do: Get voters to turn out in a special election to pass a major initiative defining their administrations.
Bentley said the constitutional amendment withdrawing money from the Alabama Trust Fund didn't involve moral issues like Gov. Don Siegelman's lottery vote in 1999 or tax increases like Gov. Bob Riley's $1.2 billion tax plan in 2003.
Gov. Robert Bentley says he's getting close to proposing retirement incentives for state employees and he may follow that with retirement incentives for public school employees. Bentley said Thursday he's got no goal yet for the number of retirements, but the state would cut its expenses by $82 million if 1,500 employees retired. Bentley said retired teachers would have to be replaced, but the new employees would be younger teachers making less pay than veteran educators. He said 5,000 retirements would save $100 million.
Most of Alabama's request for $9.4 million in federal assistance following Hurricane Isaac would pay for beach repair or sand removal. The state released to The Associated Press a copy of an aid request that Gov. Robert Bentley wrote to President Barack Obama this week. About $6.2 million is being sought to repair beaches in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach or to remove sand that covered roads on Dauphin Island. Another $846,000 would go to Dauphin Island for roads and public utility repairs.
Politically active real estate developer Stan Pate of Tuscaloosa says he's planning a media campaign in the next few days to encourage no votes on Alabama's referendum Sept. 18. Pate says Alabama residents elected a Republican governor and Republican-controlled Legislature in 2010 because they wanted less government. He said GOP leaders are doing the opposite by pushing a constitutional amendment that would take $437 million out of a state trust fund to prop up the state General Fund budget for the next three years. Gov.
Gov. Robert Bentley says he won't propose any tax increases if Alabama voters reject a proposal to take more than $437 million out of a state trust fund to use for the state General Fund budget. Bentley said he made a promise to the people of Alabama that he wouldn't raise taxes on families and he intends to keep that promise. Bentley said he will also veto any broad-based taxes passed by the Legislature. Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr of Decatur said the governor's no-tax position means it's almost certain the Legislature won't pass a tax.