Gov. Kay Ivey

Alabama Virus Rise, Gov. Ivey Stresses Personal Responsibility

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – As Alabama experiences a surge of coronavirus cases, Gov. Kay Ivey is emphasizing the role of personal responsibility to curb the spread of the virus. As of Monday, more than 25,000 people statewide had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. More than a fourth of the cases have come in the…

Special Election Set for House Seat

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Kay Ivey has scheduled a special election to replace a central Alabama legislator who announced she is resigning to take a position with the Trump administration. Rep. April Weaver of House District 49, consisting of Bibb, Chilton and Shelby counties, announced her resignation last week. Ivey said the primary election for the seat will be…

Governor Ivey Says the Return to ‘Normal’ Must Be Gradual

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) –  Gov. Kay Ivey says the reopening of Alabama’s economy must be a gradual process to avoid a resurgence of coronavirus cases. Even though the current closures and stay-home order lasts through April 30,  a state task force urged the immediate reopening of select businesses. Alabama health officials announced Friday the Alabama National Guard’s plan to help disinfect nursing…

Gov. Ivey Awards Grant for Auburn Training Connection Program

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded an $80,000 grant to assist in the development of a program that assists startup entrepreneurs. The Auburn Training Connection is using grant funds to help with business guidance as well as aiding in developing prototypes for Alabama entrepreneurs. The ATC will review applications from Alabama entrepreneurs for the program and select those who meet the…

Six Cases of Coronavirus Confirmed in Alabama

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency and closed public schools for two-and-a-half weeks as the state reported its first cases of coronavirus. The Alabama Department of Public Health recommends that people cancel or avoid large public gatherings with more than 500 people, excluding schools and workplaces. Alabama was one of the last states to report a case….

State Senate Approves Bill to Block Occupational Tax

READ: Statement from Governor Kay Ivey’s office on the passage of a  bill to block cities from enacting new occupational taxes: Governor Ivey does not want to see unfair burdens placed upon hardworking Alabamians. Occupational taxes would not only hurt employees living within those city limits where they are proposed, but also those men and women who commute in from…

Group Fights for Rights of Current, Former Inmates

One group is fighting for the rights of former and current incarcerated people impacted by Alabama’s prison system. The Ordinary People Society held a rally in front of the office Tuesday. Organization Founder, Kenneth Glasgow, led the rally to demand equality for the inmates mistreated in the system. Family members were given the opportunity to share their concerns about the…

Alabama Prison Construction Plan Inches Forward

Alabama’s governor is asking four companies to submit bids for building new state prisons. Gov. Kay Ivey announced Tuesday that four developer teams have qualified for the next stage of the bid process. Ivey’s press office said the firms are The GEO Group, Corvias, CoreCivic and Alabama Prison Transformation Partners. GEO and CoreCivic are two large private prison companies. Alabama…

Governor’s Panel Tours Aging, Understaffed Prison

State officials toured a state prison that the corrections commissioner say illustrates the state’s problem with aging facilities. It also shows the state’s ongoing problems with understaffing. The Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy on Tuesday toured Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. The maximum-security inmate houses more than 1,000 inmates in facilities originally designed for about 500. Corrections Commissioner…

Prison Construction Proposal Inches Forward

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama is inching forward with a plan to build three new prisons. The Alabama Department of Corrections on Monday will open company responses to a “request for qualifications” from firms interested in building the proposed new prisons. A spokeswoman for Gov. Kay Ivey said the state will release the names of the companies on Monday. Ivey…