Robert Bentley interview, Part 1: Private jobs, state jobs and the gambling fight

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Gov. Robert Bentley sat down with the Montgomery Advertiser Thursday for a wide-ranging interview about his first two years in office and the issues facing the state.  We’ll be running excerpts from the interview over the next few days, along with video shot by Montgomery Advertiser photographer Mickey Welsh.  (Transcripts will be edited for clarity.)  [...]

Victoryland, Lucky Palace reach settlement; $64 million verdict vacated

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A federal judge has vacated a $64 million judgment against Victoryland casino owner Milton McGregor and Macon County Sheriff David Warren following a settlement between the men and Lucky Palace LLC. In a joint statement, Joe Espy, an attorney for McGregor, and Steve Heninger, an attorney for Lucky Palace, said they were pleased to reach [...]

Bingo trial: Jury acquits all 6 defendants

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A federal jury Tuesday acquitted six defendants of corruption charges related to legislation involving state gambling. The defendants — VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor; state Sen. Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb; former state Sens. Larry Means of Attalla and Jim Preuitt of Talladega; McGregor lobbyist Tom Coker and former Country Crossing spokesman Jay Walker — [...]

Scott Beason out as Rules Committee chairman

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Alabama state Senate leadership pushed Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, out of a the chairmanship of a powerful committee Tuesday morning. Senate Majority Leader Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, will serve as chairman of the Rules Committee, which determines which bills come to the Senate floor for debate. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said in [...]

Bingo trial: Quotes and tidbits from Week 6

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Every week of the federal corruption trial has included quotes, comments and tidbits that did not make it into the daily stories in the Montgomery Advertiser. Since the sixth week of the trial of casino owner Milton McGregor, his lobbyists, and four legislators was no different, the Advertiser decided to share some of those comments [...]