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Governor Robert Bentley has asked Alabama State University Board of Trustees to delay a meeting that would discuss the future of suspended President Joseph Silver. The request was made in a letter sent to trustees. The governor is in Germany this week on an industrial -recruiting trip.
New Scholarship Program
State Treasurer Young Boozer announced a new state scholarship program that's aimed at Alabama students who are often overlooked for financial assistance. Boozer said the new CollegeCounts Scholarship program is for Alabama students who make an ACT score of 26 or below, have a miniumum grade point average of 2.75, and demonstrate financial need. It will provide a one-time award of $4,000 for a student enrolling in a four-year college and $2,000 for a student enrolling in a two-year college. Eligible students may apply online from Jan. 2nd-March 7th at www.collegecountsalabama.com.
An assistant superintendent in the Montgomery County School system has resigned after reaching an agreement with the county school board. An attorney representing Lewis Washington said his client will accept a monetary settlement in exchange for not appealing his dismissal. Lewis resigned amid allegations of sexual harrassment and allowing his son to work on re-stripping school parking lots. Washington denied all the allegations.
BP Criminal Charges
Two BP rig supervisors and a former executive are scheduled to be arraigned on criminal charges stemming from the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and the company's response to its massive April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The arraignment for BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine are slated for today. The two were indicted earlier this month on manslaughter charges in the death of 11 rig workers. A separate indictment charges former BP executive David Rainey with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was spewing from the well.