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Top News Links: Friday, April 13

Longer vacation, longer school days

House bill would allow districts to lengthen summer vacation, then lengthen school days to make up lost time. — Mobile Press-Register

State takes helm of Birmingham schools

After a rancorous meeting with attempts to oust the school superintendent, the state board of education stepped in yesterday to run the district. — Birmingham News

Business hospitality

Monroeville's Alabama/China group attracts 300 international visitors, homemade cookies, the governor and international press. — China Daily

Five indicted for ID theft crimes

Grand jury indictment accuses five of stealing identities, filing false tax returns to collect refunds and more. — U.S. Department of Justice

Things are looking up

UA economists predict 2.5 percent economic growth, up from 2.2 percent last year. — Huntsville Times

Real estate leaders expect better year. — Birmingham Business Journal

Teacher rally set for Saturday

Teachers are expected to rally in Montgomery Saturday to urge lawmakers not to divert education dollars to other purposes or to fund charter schools.— Neon.com

Bizgroup urges state to help out Jeffco

The Birmingham Business Alliance leadership is urging the state legislature to take action to help rescue the financially floundering Jefferson County. — Birmingham News

Vectour to transport Dems

Vectour Group LLC of Birmingham has been chosen for part of the transportation contract for this summer's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. — Birmingham News

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