Alabama governor to make 1st speech since divorce filing

GOVERNOR ROBERT BENTLEY PIC

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley is making his first public appearances since his wife filed for divorce last week.

Bentley will give a speech at noon Wednesday in Birmingham to an economic development group. On Wednesday afternoon, he will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for a pharmaceutical company in Birmingham.

Dianne Bentley filed for divorce Friday, saying their 50-year marriage had suffered an irretrievable breakdown.

The governor has not commented publicly on the pending divorce. His communications director issued a statement requesting privacy. Bentley on Monday urged his cabinet to stay focused on an upcoming special session despite distractions.

A judge on Monday sealed the divorce file from public view.

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