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State and Nation

April 2, 2014

2 Alabama State trustees rejected by senators

 A state Senate committee has rejected two of Gov. Robert Bentley's four appointees to the board of Alabama State University.

The Senate Confirmations Committee voted Tuesday to block Bentley's selection of Macon County school Superintendent Jacqueline Brooks and Tuscaloosa businessman Fitzgerald Washington. The committee approved Bentley's selection of Montgomery attorney Robert Gilpin and Birmingham businessman Larry Thornton. Gilpin and Thornton now go to the Senate for a final vote to approve their appointments.

The committee's rejection of Brooks and Washington means they can't serve on the board of the Montgomery university. Committee Chairman Jabo Waggoner voted against both and said they had opposition from the senator who represents ASU, Democrat Quinton Ross of Montgomery.

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