Latest Kay Ivey News

Ivey calls special session on relief funds

Jan. 18, 2022 18:39 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday announced a midweek launch of a special session on how to use $771 million in pandemic relief funds, with lawmakers set to consider a plan to steer large sums to water and sewer projects, broadband expansion and healthcare costs. ...

Negotiations, disagreements on use of state virus funds

Jan. 13, 2022 14:48 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers, attempting to decide how to spend more than $500 million in pandemic relief funds, on Thursday generally agreed on funding broadband and water and sewer projects but disagreed about whether to steer some money to state parks. Lawmakers...

James opens gubernatorial campaign with evangelical appeal

Jan. 12, 2022 15:10 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Business owner Tim James appealed to evangelical Christian voters as he opened his Republican campaign for Alabama governor Wednesday, railing against the threat of “godless Marxism,” quoting scripture and claiming God has called the conservative state to lead the...

Ivey: State must be 'smart' about pandemic relief funds

Jan. 11, 2022 20:42 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday urged lawmakers to use federal pandemic relief on longstanding problems such as broadband access and water and sewer infrastructure, but also praised Alabama's legal effort to block the Biden administration's vaccine mandates. Ivey...

Text of Ivey's State of the State Address

Jan. 11, 2022 20:00 PM EST

Text of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's State of the State address. Remarks as prepared. Lieutenant Governor Ainsworth, President Pro Tempore Reed, Speaker McCutcheon, Speaker Pro Tempore Gaston, members of the Alabama Legislature, Chief Justice Parker, justices of the Alabama Supreme...

Alabama lawmakers begin session amid COVID surge, elections

Jan. 11, 2022 18:02 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers returned to Montgomery on Tuesday to begin the 2022 legislative session against a backdrop of rising coronavirus cases and looming elections, faced with major decisions including how to use the state's remaining pandemic relief funds. ...

Special session possible on relief fund spending

Jan. 09, 2022 16:24 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers say there may be a special session on how to spend the state's remaining pandemic relief funds. Key lawmakers said there are discussions with the governor's office on calling a special session in which lawmakers would focus only on the...

Alabama to spend $1M on training students for tourism work

Jan. 08, 2022 11:05 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Its tourism workforce depleted since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Alabama will spend $1 million to prepare as many as 2,000 students to work in its hospitality industry. The funding was announced by Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday during a tourism...

Former Books-A-Million COO to run against Alabama governor

Jan. 07, 2022 16:57 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Books-A-Million executive Lew Burdette, who now heads a nonprofit that provides shelters and group homes for abused women and children, announced Tuesday that he is running for governor of Alabama against fellow Republican Gov. Kay Ivey. Burdette...

Nearly $232M project to upgrade freight rail in Alabama

Jan. 04, 2022 15:50 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A nearly $232 million project funded mostly by Norfolk Southern Corp. will upgrade rail transportation between the Port of Mobile and central Alabama, the governor's office said Tuesday. Gov. Kay Ivey's office said the A-USA Corridor, which is meant to...