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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Feds propose to not share oil revenue with states

Four U.S. states on the Gulf of Mexico stand to lose billions in future payments if a proposal in the president's new budget survives congressional scrutiny. The White House on Tuesday proposed ending a program that shares revenue from offshore oil and gas drilling with the states — and it does so just as those payments were scheduled to expand significantly. Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are trying to close their own budget gaps amid a protracted oil price downturn and as the new White House budget asks them to absorb social welfare cuts. – CNBC

Alabama community colleges to get special Apple curriculum

Apple has created a free app development curriculum for high school and community college students interested in careers in the fast-growing app economy. The curriculum, called "App Development with Swift," is a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students app design with Swift, the company's popular programming language. The Alabama Community College System is one of six across the country to get the curriculum. – CNET

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With a Hack Hack Here and a Hack Hack There, Farmers Roll On

With a Hack Hack Here and a Hack Hack There, Farmers Roll On

Modern tractors are now just one more device that contains proprietary software and high-tech gadgetry as necessary as the tractor’s engine in getting the job done.

New Health Offerings, Four-day Week among UM Changes

New Health Offerings, Four-day Week among UM Changes

The University of Mobile recently announced a major expansion of academic programs, opened a health care learning lab and changed to a four-day academic week.

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Recipe for All Pro Hospitality

Recipe for All Pro Hospitality

Bob Baumhower — upon opening a rooftop fine dining eatery, in addition to his $31 million family dining enterprise — shares his back story, from Tuscaloosa to Miami, from lineman to host.

Leather Goods Home Grown, Hand Made

Leather Goods Home Grown, Hand Made

Sarah and Michael Stricklin tool a growing e-commerce business with craft, design and marketing discipline.

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Retail Sure Shot

Retail Sure Shot

Value-added perks like lifetime lessons and an amazing array of top-brand equipment — fletching feathers and strings in every hue, bow stands, quivers — make Phenix City’s Archery Connection a small business as solid as Alabama hunting.

The Small Business Role of Credit Unions

The Small Business Role of Credit Unions

Small business lending caps pose niggling but growing concern for state’s credit unions.

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Landmark Downtown High-Rise

Landmark Downtown High-Rise

The 20-story historic Thomas Jefferson Tower is a shining star of Birmingham’s downtown renaissance.

Studios of the Creative Class

Studios of the Creative Class

Birmingham has produced three energetic examples of modern work place design.

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Coping with New Overtime Rules

On December 1, the cost of labor for your business is likely to increase dramatically if you don’t take any action.

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