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A group of Alabama State University faculty and students rallied in support of the search for their next president Friday. The school has been under a microscope after a forensic audit ordered by the governor raised concerns of possible misspending at Alabama State. The school has sued the audit firm and disputes the firm's preliminary findings. Those who attended the rally said they support moving forward with the search and the hiring of a new university president.
Gov. Robert Bentley and other state officials are traveling to Japan on a trade mission. The governor's office says the delegation will visit for five days in hopes of bringing more jobs to the state and strengthening ties with Japanese companies already operating in Alabama.
New figures released by the Alabama Department of Education show Mobile County schools Superintendent Martha Peek is the highest-paid in the state. Al.com reports Peek earns an annual salary of $204,000 overseeing the largest school system in Alabama with an enrollment of 59,000 students. Birmingham City Schools' Craig Witherspoon is second on the list earning $202,155 dollars, he oversees a system with 24,629 students.