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Top News Links: Tuesday, April 3

Alabama Legislature — Part 2

The second half of Alabama's annual legislative season starts today with budget, immigration, job bills and more on tap. — Tuscaloosa News

Lawmakers need speedy solution for Jefferson County finances

State lawmakers, in the final days of this year's session, still need to find a fix for Jefferson County, which missed a bond payment Monday and watched its ratings slip even lower. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Cooper Green Mercy waits on legislature, county

Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, which provides much of the indigent care in Jefferson County, is waiting on local and state lawmakers for financial help. — Birmingham News

Nursing home loses BCBS suit

Union Springs nursing home suit tossed by state Supreme Court. — McKnight's Long Term Care News

Bankrupt but still flying

Shoals air service by carrier Pinnacle should continue, despite bankruptcy filing, airport manager says. — TimesDaily

Whose side are they on?

Vulcan questions loyalties of potential board members nominated by Martin Marietta as part of hostile takeover bid. — Birmingham News

Apartments rising in Huntsville

After a recession-induced lull, apartment projects are once again under construction in Huntsville. — Huntsville Times

Colbert County ranks high for income increases

Wages in Colbert County jumped 7 percent, from $36,897 in 2009  to $39,461 in 2010, ranking it 16th in the nation for income increases. — TimesDaily

Brighter look for Alabama Education Trust Fund

In the past six months, collections or the Alabama Education Trust Fund grew by 4.4 percent, but still fall short of budget target. — Birmingham News

Texas firm buys Baldwin health facilities

The Covenant Group and its Legend Retirement Corp. have purchased four senior living facilities in Daphne and Fairhope from Mercy Medical. — Mobile Press-Register

UA student financial firm makes first loan

Forza Financial, organized by University of Alabama students to provide capital to low-income businesses, makes first loan to business damaged by tornado. — Birmingham News

UA fashion magazine sponsors fashion show

Boutique clothing for game day and every day will be on the runway when the student-published Her Campus Alabama fashion magazine sponsors a fashion show at Brown's Corner tonight.  —Crimson White

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