CALERA, Ala. (AP) - A kindergarten teacher in Alabama has been charged with 40 counts of child porn possession. News outlets report 26-year-old Daniel Prentice "Danny" Donaldson was arrested Wednesday. Calera Elementary School officials say the teacher has been placed on administrative leave as the Shelby County Sheriff's Office continues its investigation. Sheriff's Maj. Ken Burchfield says the investigation started with a tip, and that there is no evidence yet that any students were involved in the child porn.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Kay Ivey has named Kelly Butler as acting finance director. Butler replaces Finance Director Clinton Carter. Carter is leaving to take a job as chief financial officer and senior vice president for finance of the University of North Carolina System.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Former Gov. Robert Bentley provided new details in a deposition about his view of the scandal that helped topple his administration. The June deposition was filed this week in an ongoing civil lawsuit. Bentley resigned last year as he faced an ethics investigation and impeachment push in the wake of an alleged affair with a top aide.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Oil and gas companies made $178 million in high bids for federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico _ about 28 percent above the last gulf-wide sale in March. Regional Director Michael Celata says there's clearly continued interest in deep water. The four highest bids were in water more than 1600 meters deep. They totaled $53 million, nearly 30 percent of Wednesday's total high bids.

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