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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Fairhope State Senator Bradley Byrne is
moving ahead with plans to become Alabama's new junior college
chancellor tomorrow. A Montgomery County judge refused today to
stop the Alabama Board of Education from naming Byrne to the
Byrne says he never thought there were any grounds for a
restraining order and he's glad Judge Gene Reese agreed. Byrne says
he plans to sign his employment contract tomorrow and resign from
the state Senate.
He says that soon after taking the job, he plans to meet with
federal and state prosecutors to discuss their ongoing
investigations of the two-year college system.
Attorneys for three members of the Alabama Education Association
had argued at a hearing yesterday that Byrne was selected in a
secret process that violated the state's open meetings law. The
complaint filed by the AEA members asked Reese to stop Byrne from
taking the position until a full hearing could be held on claims
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