Around the South for May 2: AL, VA & AR

Alabama: Bentley carries on. Despite a pending impeachment threat, Gov. Robert Bentley (R) has signed the state’s education budget that includes a 4% raise for teachers, visited Hackleburg on the fifth anniversary of a deadly tornado, and attended a ceremony in Mobile to celebrate the delivery of the first airliner manufactured by Airbus’s $600 million plant there, where he respectfully declined to discuss the impeachment matter …….. Virginia: GOP urges special session on felon enfranchisement. Leaders of the Republican House and Senate have requested that Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) call a special session so lawmakers can respond to the governor’s executive order that would allow some 200,000 or more ex-convicts to vote in this fall’s election. “The people, through their elected representatives, deserve the opportunity to have their voices heard on this matter,” House Speaker William Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment wrote in their letter to McAuliffe, reports the Washington Post. GOPers believe McAuliffe issued the order to help Hillary Clinton carry Virginia this fall ……. Arkansas: Hutchinson announces $1 billion paper mill. The China-based firm, Sun Paper, has decided to locate its first plant in the United States in Arkadelphia. “This is among the largest private investments in the state’s history and the impact will be felt for generations,” Hutchinson said, reported the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The new plant will create some 250 jobs …….