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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed an executive order he hopes will improve coordination between various state law enforcements agencies. Bentley signed the order Tuesday, which makes state Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier the state's senior law enforcement adviser. Bentley says his plan would consolidate some administrative functions such as purchasing, fleet maintenance and communications.
Alabama lost one of its longest serving legislators Tuesday. Former Democratic state Senate President Pro Tem Hinton Mitchem of Union Grove died at the age of 74. He was first elected to the Albertville City Council in 1968 and then to the state House of Representatives in 1974. After serving four years in the House, he was elected to the Senate in 1978 and in 1982. He gave up his seat in 1986 to run in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor. He was unsuccessful in that endeavor but was re-elected to the Senate in a special election in 1987 and held the seat until 2010.
Minister's Wife Murdered
The lawyer for an Alabama minister charged with murdering his wife and shooting his daughter says the pastor was caught up in a "perfect storm" of personal and professional problems. Henry Lagman says the Reverend Terry Greer had a string of health problems before he was accused of shooting his wife, Lisa Greer and their 18-year-old daughter. Lagman said Tuesday there also are other issues that may come out later. The lawyer says Greer was in what he calls "a very dark place." Greer was pastor at Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church. He remains hospitalized after what police say was a suicide attempt that followed the shootings on January 10th. Police say he'll be taken to jail without bond after his release.