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Governor Bentley Declares State of Emergency Amid Flooding

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency amid widespread flash flooding that follows several days of intense weather throughout the state.

Governor Bentley to Refuse Syrian Refugees

Governor Robert Bentley has announced he is refusing Syrian refugees relocating to Alabama. In a news release Sunday Bentley said, “After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.”

License Offices to Reopen 1 Day Per Month in November

Alabama will reopen rural driver’s license offices at least one day per month beginning Nov. 1. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier gave the timeframe for the reopening announced by the governor.

FBI Closes Investigation into 1964 Ala. police Shooting

The FBI has closed its investigation into a fatal police shooting that happened 50 years ago in west Alabama. A Justice Department letter to the family of Frank Andrews says the government won’t file any charges in his slaying by a Choctaw County sheriff’s deputy in the town of Lisman on Nov. 28, 1964.

State: Closing 15 ABC Stores Will Save Money

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board says it’s shutting down 15 state-owned liquor stores to save money. The agency announced the cuts late Thursday as a way to cope with a $5.5 million reduction in funding from the state operating budget.

Law Enforcement Agency Pulls Examiners out of Drivers License Offices

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said it is pulling examiners out of 31 part-time satellite drivers license offices because of budget cuts. The agency made the announcement Wednesday. The examiners currently travel to the locations during some days of the week. The agency said the change will save money on travel costs. Secretary Spencer Collier says the impact on citizens will be lessened because of online renewals and other options.

House Approves 25-Cent Cigarette Tax Increase

The House of Representatives, in a series of tight votes Thursday, approved a 25-cent cigarette tax increase and other revenue bills as a plan to help close a budget gap slowly inched forward.

House Committee Approves Cigarette Tax, Other Revenue Bills

An Alabama budget committee has approved a cigarette tax increase and other revenue bills as lawmakers try to fill a budget shortfall. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 8-6 for a 25-cent-per-pack cigarette tax increase. The increase would raise $66 million annually.

Governor Bentley’s Wife Seeks Divorce, Says Marriage Is Broken

Alabama first lady Dianne Bentley has filed for divorce from Gov. Robert Bentley, saying their 50-year marriage has suffered an “irretrievable breakdown.” The complaint, filed Friday, says that attempts at reconciliation are futile and that the couple has been living apart since January.

Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson Dies At 104

Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the 1965 Selma march on “Bloody Sunday,” championed voting rights for blacks and was the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama, has died. She was 104.