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Top News Links: Monday, April 30

Sign of recovery

Census Bureau tax statistics show Alabama tax revenues up more than 3 percent, to $2.17 billion, which could indicate economic recovery. — Montgomery Advertiser

Healthy news for HealthSouth

HealthSouth, the nation's top operator of rehabilitation hospitals, has announced first quarter earnings of $538 million, compared to $506 for the first quarter last year. — HealthSouth

Books-A-Million proposes going private

One of Alabama's 22 public companies, Books-A-Million announces plans to revert to family ownership; stock price up. — Birmingham News

Vulcan fights takeover

Birmingham-based aggregates produced Vulcan Materials has written stockholders urging them to reject four candidates nominated to the board by rival Martin Marietta as part of its hostile takeover attempt. — Birmingham News

50 Years in Alabama

Boeing Co. is celebrating its 50th year of doing business in Alabama, noting its work in missiles, missile defense and the space program. — PR Newswire

Deficit looms for Birmingham

Spending plans overtop revenue projections for Alabama's largest city; could lead to $30 million deficit. — Birmingham News

Adams Produce files for bankruptcy

Just two years after Adams family sold their 100-year-old produce firm, new owners file for bankruptcy. — Birmingham News

Chancellor search will cost $30,000

The State Board of Education agreed to pay a search firm to hunt for a new leader for the two-year system. — Birmingham News

Me too

Developers of Turquoise condo project in Orange Beach ask for compensation from BP, which already gave $37 million to a competing condo project, saying their sales prices also have been slashed by the after effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. — Mobile Press-Register

Hope for Huntsville postal facility

A mail processing center in Huntsville might stay open under terms of a bi-partisan bill in the U.S. Senate; both Alabama senators oppose the bill. — Huntsville Times

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