Gov. Bentley signs 2015 education budget; opens door for special session on teacher pay

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Gov. Robert Bentley Friday morning signed the 2015 education budget, passed by the Alabama Legislature last week after a struggle between the Governor and legislative leaders over a teacher pay raise. The budget does not include the two percent wage increase Bentley sought. However, the Governor said Friday he reserved the right to call the [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley to announce decision on education budget

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Gov. Robert Bentley will announce Friday morning whether he will sign or veto the 2015 education budget, which includes increased funding for teacher insurance, but no pay raises for education employees. The Governor is scheduled to make his announcement at 9 a.m. Friday, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis. If Bentley signs the $5.9 billion Education [...]

Insurer reviewing relationship with former Rep. Greg Wren

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An insurance company is reviewing its relationship with former Rep. Greg Wren, who resigned his office and pleaded guilty last week to an ethics violation. Wren’s attorney said Wednesday he believed the review by Northwestern Mutual stemmed from a misunderstanding of the plea deal, and the nature of the charge. “It’s really Northwestern’s insurers,” attorney [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley still seeking teacher pay raise; budget chairman skeptical

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Having apparently gotten full funding of teacher insurance, Gov. Robert Bentley now wants a two percent teacher pay raise, his other major priority for the Education Trust Fund budget, to pass the Legislature. Whether that will happen is an open question. One of the Legislature’s budget chairmen Monday expressed skepticism about the possibility of a [...]

Admitting privileges requirement at Alabama abortion clinics to go to trial

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U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson Monday morning ordered a lawsuit over an Alabama abortion regulation to go to trial, saying there were significant points of dispute over how new admitting privileges requirements for physicians would affect the state’s five abortion clinics. In an 86-page decision, Thompson denied requests for summary judgment from both sides on [...]