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Top News Links: Friday, April 27

Tax-break honcho

Former Gov. Bob Riley has joined Houston financial firm Alliant Corp. to help businesses negotiate tax breaks and incentives, a hallmark of his eight-year administration in Alabama. — MSNBC/WPMI

Good for Vulcan, good for economy

Vulcan Materials — which provides aggregates for construction — is seeing increased sales, which usually bodes well for economy, CFO says. — Birmingham News

State layoffs alarming to Montgomery

Capital City would be disproportionately harmed by state agency layoffs, mayor says; asks for cigarette "user fee" to ease burden. — Montgomery Advertiser

New Wrangler plant breaks ground

A year after tornadoes destroyed Hackleburg's major employer, Wrangler has broken ground for a bigger, better plant. — Alabama's 13

Coastal insurance bills passed

A set of bills to ease coastal insurance rates and to ease restrictions on insurers has passed the state Senate. — Mobile Press-Register

UA grad to head Lockheed Martin

Marillyn Hewson chosen as the next CEO of major defense firm, with operations in Huntsville; will take the helm in January.  — Huntsville Times

Colonial Properties shares bad news, good news

Colonial Properties reported first quarter results yesterday, showing a net loss much lower than last year's first quarter, while net operating income increased. —Birmingham News

Sea trial success

USNS Spearhead, the first of several high-speed transport ships built by Austal USA in Mobile, completed sea trials successfully. — Mobile Press-Register

Diesel tax debate

CSX is in court in Birmingham, claiming that a state tax on diesel fuel discriminates against trains. — Birmingham News

Business tax bill goes to governor

A bill to simplify tax filing for companies doing business in multiple jurisdictions has passed both House and Senate. — Birmingham Business Journal

New deal for Southern Research

Birmingham's Southern Research Institutes has been selected to supervise trials of hepatitis C screening products developed by Apath LLC. — Southern Research

Huntsville theatrical lighting firm purchased

Huntsville's TLS Inc. has been purchased by 4Wall Entertainment; execs stay on with new ownership. — isquint.net 

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