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      Pillar in Alabama government retires

      He spent half a century working in and around Alabama's government, and now Jim Bennett has retired.

      Bennett has been a political reporter, legislator, secretary of state and cabinet member for two governors. The 72-year old retired Thursday as Labor Commissioner in Governor Robert Bentley's cabinet.

      Bennett says he is an example of the change in state government. He started his career as a Democrat and ended as a Republican.

      Bennett plans to open a historical consulting business after years of being active in the development of Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park.