Judge denies attorneys’ fees for Shelby County in voting rights case

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 WASHINGTON — Shelby County won the case that led the Supreme Court to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act, but that victory doesn’t mean the federal government should pay the county’s lawyers, a judge ruled last week.     Washington D.C.-based lawyers for Shelby County had asked for $2 million in fees for the [...]

Roby named to select committee on Benghazi

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Martha Roby was appointed to the select committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. House Speaker John Boehner announced the appointments on the House floor mid-day Friday. Roby is one of seven Republicans on the panel. Democratic leaders have not yet announced whether they will appoint their [...]

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 [...]