Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says he used his trip to Japan to strengthen existing relationships with Japan to strengthen existing relationships with Japanese companies. Bentley told reporters that his five-day trip focused mostly on relationship building, but also included some economic development and recruitment opportunities. Bentley says he met with top executives from Honda and Toyota, both of which have operations in Alabama.
Six Montgomery Public Schools educators accused of participating in a district-wide grade changing scheme are facing state trials. The district's former assistant superintendent, two principals, an assistant principal and two teachers are expected to appear before an administrative law judge in December. The educators could lose their certificates. The grade-changing scheme lead to an investigation into the district's grading procedures.
The State Board of Education Thursday approved the department's budget request for fiscal 2015. Chief of Staff for the Department of Education Dr. Craig Pouncey said the $4.1 billion dollar spending plan has four priorities. Dr. Pouncey said the budget request for the next year is about $216 million dollars more than the current one. The spending plan was adopted on a unanimous vote.
Governor Robert Bentley's first day in Japan included a meeting with a top trade official. Bentley's work with Japanese business leaders won't end when he returns to Alabama on Friday. A spokesman said the governor will be in Biloxi, Mississippi, for the annual Southeastern U.S. Japan Association conference this weekend.
Few details are available on the city's latest homicide. Montgomery Police are investigating the shooting death of 34-year old Anthony Bailey of Greenville. Bailey was found shot in the 1900 block of Hilldale Drive Monday night at about 8:40. He was transported to Baptist Medical Center South where he was later pronounced dead. Circumstances of the shooting are still under investigation. Police are asking for anyone with information on this incident to call them at (334) 625-2831 or the Secret Witness line at (334) 262-4000 or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP.
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.
There is good news for Alabama motorists. Triple A reports gasoline prices have fallen to their lowest levels since the start of the year. The auto club reports that the statewide average price today for a gallon of regular $3.14, that's compared to the national average price of $3.21 cents. AAA Alabama spokesman Clay Ingram said drivers can expect the trend to continue. Ingram said the supply of gasoline is steady and demand is low, resulting in the lower prices at the pump.
Representative Patricia Todd has pre-filed legislation that would repeal Alabama's ban on gay marriage. The Democrat from Birmingham says she knows it's unlikely to pass, but with other states allowing the unions, she thinks it's time for a discussion. Todd is the state's only openly gay legislator. The Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Act was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2006.
The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has launched an initiative to stop underage and binge drinking in the state. ABC Board members and law enforcement officials addressed students at Prattville High School Wednesday. ABC Board Administrator Mac Gipson says underage and binge drinking remain problems for high school and college students. Gipson says informing schools about the dangers of abusing alcohol will be a major emphasis.
A local jury has sided with some landowners and said the group is entitled to millions of dollars for property now used by the Hyundai plant in west Montgomery. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the jury returned the verdict Tuesday in the long-running dispute. The jury found that the Montgomery Industrial Development Board owes some landowners more than $4.8 million dollars. The decades-old controversy began when local and state officials faced with the danger of Hyundai losing interest in the site, agreed on a last minute deal to pay $12,000 per acre for land owned by sisters, Joy