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BENTLEY SIGNS EDUCATION TRUST FUND BUDGET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Robert Bentley has signed the state’s nearly $6 billion education budget for the next fiscal year. Bentley announced Tuesday that he had signed the spending plan that includes an additional $10 million to expand the state’s prekindergarten program. The increase is projected to enable another 1,800 4-year-olds to attend the

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BLUE BELL ENTERS AGREEMENT WITH ALABAMA HEALTH OFFICIALS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Blue Bell Creameries says it has entered a voluntary agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health that includes requiring the company to inform the state whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients. The Alabama agreement is similar to those the company reached last

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AL SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES LOTTERY/CASINO BILL

A lottery and casino bill has cleared its first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee approved the bill Thursday on a 5-3 vote. The bill seeks to authorize a state lottery and Las Vegas-style casinos at four existing state dog tracks in Birmingham, Mobile and Macon and Greene counties. Republican

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GAS PRICES CONTINUE RISING

Gas prices are on the rise. They’re up 3.8 cents a gallon in the past week, bringing Alabama’s average to $2.48 a gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy. In comparison, GasBuddy says the national average has increased 5 cents a gallon and averages $2.71 a gallon.   That means prices yesterday were about a dollar lower

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