Montgomery, Alabama – Funeral services will be held today for Former Governor Guy Hunt. Hunt died Friday of lung cancer; he was 75 years old.
Gov. Bob Riley, Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. and many other state officials plan to attend the funeral today in the north Alabama town of Boaz.
Republican Governor Riley credits Hunt with helping the Republican Party emerge in Alabama. A spokesman for the Democratic lieutenant governor said he also plans to attend. Folsom served as lieutenant governor when Hunt was governor.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley says a federal economic stimulus package would allow Alabama to maintain state government operations at close to their current level next year. Riley says education spending could be higher than it currently is. Riley unveiled his proposed state budgets for fiscal 2010 on Wednesday and they address two scenarios - passage of a federal stimulus package and failure of the package. If the package fails, Riley says education spending would drop
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Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley says Alabama could get about $1 billion over two years for public education from the federal economic stimulus package. The governor told high school students Monday in a live telecast that the stimulus package would allow Alabama to avoid making more big cuts in education spending. But he says Alabama is looking at widespread layoffs and larger class sizes if the stimulus package fails in the U.S. Senate. Riley made his remarks shortly before the state Finance
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - U.S. Rep. Artur Davis has scheduled events Friday in Birmingham and Montgomery to discuss his interest in running for governor of Alabama in 2010. A spokeswoman for the Democratic congressman says he will speak at noon Friday at the Harbert Center in Birmingham and then at 5 p.m. at the state Department of Archives and History in Montgomery. Birmingham is in Davis' congressional district and Montgomery is his hometown. Davis told reporters in December that he expected to run for
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Boaz, Alabama – BOAZ, Ala. (AP) - The family of Gov. Guy Hunt revised his funeral arrangements Sunday to have all events in two days instead of three. Hunt, who was 75, died Friday at a Birmingham hospital after a long battle with lung cancer. The family of the two-term governor announced that his body will lie in state at Mount Vernon Primitive Baptist Church located on Alabama 69 between Cullman and Baileyton from 8 a.m. Tuesday until 8 a.m. Wednesday. Hunt served as pastor of the church.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabamians who are unemployed are eligible for an additional 13 weeks of unemployment compensation benefits, effective Feb. 15, because the state's jobless rate has averaged over 6 percent for three months. Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said Thursday the additional benefits came through federal legislation. In November, the state qualified for an extension of 20 weeks. So the two extensions combined result in an additional 33 weeks of
Montgomery, Alabama – They have been invited, but it's not clear if they will attend. President Barack Obama's former Chicago pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and U.S. Attorney General nominee Eric Holder are among the guests invited to attend a Selma event in March commemorating the 44th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday."
The theme for the event this year is "The Bridge to the White House." Organizers say the "Bloody Sunday" attack on marchers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge 44 years ago served as a stepping stone for Mr. Obama's election as the nation's 44th president.