Alabama media outlets seek to open governor's divorce case, "It's on Us" Campaign

Sep 14, 2015

Media outlets are asking a judge in Tuscaloosa to unseal the divorce case of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and first lady Dianne Bentley.

A motion filed today by a group of Alabama television stations and newspapers says the case was sealed last month following a hurried hearing held without notice to the public.

The motion says the divorce is newsworthy and a fair subject for reporting by the media. It says allowing the case to remain closed promotes the spread of rumors.

Attorneys for the governor and first lady didn't immediately respond messages seeking comment on the request. The case was initially sealed because of a joint request made by the Bentleys.

Dianne Bentley filed for divorce last month, saying the couple's 50-year marriage had suffered an irretrievable breakdown.

Students at the University of Alabama are being encouraged to join a campaign against sexual assault today.

The student government association is working with campus leadership and the Women’s Gender Resource Center to bring the “It’s On Us” program to Tuscaloosa. The effort tries to get students to look out for each other and avoid being victims of sexual assault.

SGA spokeswoman Catherine Faust** says students are going to drink alcohol during their college years and the campaign works to avoid the hazards of it…

“We’re not trying to hide that. We’re not trying to say that’s part of that and put a giant shield in front of that. We’re trying to sit here and say this is a present issue. And there are things that we can do, and you that be aware even in those situations, that you are impaired…”

Students will be encouraged to sign a pledge form today on campus. They’ll also be asked to swipe their student identification cards, so the campaign can send them email updates…

Second ranked Alabama continues prepping for their S-E-C Opener against No. 15 Ole Miss.  The Crimson Tide is out to avenge its only conference loss of the season a year ago when the Rebels pulled off the 23-17 upset.

Coach Nick Saban says this game will provide the biggest challenge to his team so far this season…

“Playing a team like we’re playing this week, it’s going to be necessary for us to play better in this game, execute better, be more consistent, have better fundamental execution and I think the best way to do that is to focus on preparation each day this week.”

Ole Miss leads the country in scoring at 74.5 points a game.  Kickoff for Saturday’s game is set for 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.  The network’s College Gameday will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend.