Gerald Dial announces run for Agriculture and Industries Commissioner

October 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama state Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination for commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.

Dial said that his campaign is focused on creating jobs in the state – whether it be agriculture, professional services or anything in between.

“I have a reputation of rocking the boat, stepping on the status quo,” Dials said. “We need someone to carry on Commissioner McMillan’s legacy, who will stand up for Alabama farmers and continue to bring more jobs to our great state.”

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Montgomery judge orders mediation in Pouncey lawsuit

October 12, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Craig Pouncey lawsuit is headed for mediation.

Pouncey, the Jefferson County Schools superintendent, filed a lawsuit earlier this year alleging various Alabama State Department of Education employees and a State School Board member conspired to block him from becoming the state school superintendent.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Roman Shaul has now ordered the parties in that lawsuit into mediation and asked that they reach a settlement by Dec. 31.

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Reaction to Federal officials questioning State’s high graduation rate while academic performance lags

November 22, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Multiple media sources report that almost 90 percent of Alabama students now graduate from high school on time. This is tremendous improvement in a short period of time and ranks third in the country. Student achievement in Alabama however is among the nation’s worst. In one recent math achievement test the State’s fourth graders were the worst performing in the entire country. Federal officials announced that they are looking into the discrepancy.
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Six Million Plus and Counting on Another Failed System

November 3, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Another one of Governor Robert Bentley’s bright ideas to help bring the State into the “digital-age” is crumbling, as the time and attendance software known as eSTART was abandoned by the Department of Human Resources (DHR).

A recent memo from the DHR alerted staff that, ‘the use of e-START, the Time and Attendance System effective November 1, 2016, is [prohibited] until further notice.’

DHR joins a long list of State Agencies that dumped the system or refused to implement it altogether.
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Bar-S Foods is Recalling Hot Dogs for Possible Listeria Contamination

July 22, 2016

By Staff Report

Wednesday, July 20, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Consumer Food Safety Inspectors are conducting recall effectiveness checks on several hot dog and corn dog products.

On Tuesday, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Bar-S Foods Company, an Altus, Okla. establishment, is recalling approximately 372,684 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.
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ADEM and Alabama Department of Health Withdraw their Health Advisory on Gadsden Water

May 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

By Monday, May 23, almost every news outlet in the state had reported that the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and Alabama Department of Public Health were warning that pregnant women, women who are nursing, infants, and infants on formula should not be drinking any water from the Gadsden Water Authority because of levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA) that are above the new maximum standards suggested by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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House Passes Insurance Fee Increase Bill

April 3, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) has demanded that the legislature increase revenue for the state’s beleaguered general fund budget. On Thursday, April 2 the Alabama House of Representatives did pass a fee increase that will increase revenues by an estimated $9 million per year, $4.5 million of that will go to the general fund.  House Bill 92 sponsored by Representative Mike Hill (R from Columbiana) would increase fees that the Department of Insurance already collects on insurance agents and insurance companies that operate in the state of Alabama.
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