John Knight

Republicans in the Alabama House are backing off proposals to furlough state employees for two days and to suspend longevity bonuses for a year.

Both ideas were considered to help the General Fund budget. But Speaker Mike Hubbard says they aren't needed after a change to a cigarette tax bill.

The proposals drew criticisms from Democrats who say they're pleased to see the ideas dropped.

Testimony is wrapping up in a lawsuit between former Alabama State University athletic director Stacy Danley and the university itself.

A ruling is expected to be issued sometime next month, after both sides file their final briefs.

Federal judges are rejecting Alabama State University's appeal of a $1 million court judgment for sexual harassment.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the school in a 23-page decision on Tuesday.

Three former employees won more than $1 million total in a lawsuit that claimed two top administrators made numerous inappropriate comments and created a hostile work environment.

Alabama State University trustees have formed a mutual separation agreement with suspended university President Joseph Silver.

School officials have agreed to pay Silver $685,000 to resign from his position and the agreement includes a clause prohibiting either party from disparaging the other.

Silver was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 26 after officials said he tried firing executive vice president John Knight — a state representative from Montgomery.

Trustees voted 8-1 to accept the agreement and one member chose not to vote.

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.