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Top News Links: Wednesday, April 18

Cities and towns wrangle over TVA money

Republican legislators work to divert TVA in-lieu-of-tax money from Huntsville to neighboring smaller cities and towns. — Huntsville Times

WideOpenWest buys Knology

Phone and TV provider Knology has been sold to regional provider WideOpenWest for $1.5 billion. — FierceCable

Mando America expands in Auburn

Automotive supplier Mando America has announced plans for an additional production line, valued at $24 million and expected to add 30 employees to the current 600. — Birmingham News

Waterfront property to be auctioned

Several parcels owned by Jim Mattei along the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach will go up for auction next month. — Mobile Press-Register

Alabama Shakes to the top

Bluesy-rock group from Athens looks like a winner in MTV set. — Billboard

Roll Tire

Alabama is ranked fifth among state for it's annual tire production, calculated at 45,000 last year. — Charleston Business Journal

Derivatives dealers try to ease new regulations

Derivatives — the doorway to debt for Jefferson County — are supposed to be regulated under terms of the Dodd-Frank reform law, but industry lobbyists are urging lawmakers to take it easy on them. — Bloomberg

Start-up funding for four young companies

Companies spun off from research at four state universities have been awarded a share of $100,000 in start-up funding from the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. — EDPA

Conservation officer honored for heroism

Madison County officer win's top honors for rescuing child from airplane wreck. — Mobile Press-Register

Business owners sue BP

A class action suit by  fisheries, restaurant, real estate and other coastal business owners seeking damages from BP, has been filed. — Injury Board Blognetwork

SBA leader to tour Tec-Masters

Huntsville's Tec-Masters, a 200-employee firm that provides modeling and simulation and related services to the military, has earned a visit by Karen Mills director of the Small Business Administration. — Huntsville Times

Monte Sano touted for wildlife habitat

Monte Sano has earned the uncommon distinction as Certified Community Wildlife Habitat -- the first in Alabama — and will celebrate the designation this Sunday. — Huntsville Times

Birmingham lawmaker proposes new work-related fee

Birmingham's Demetrius Newton has introduced bills that would impose a small tax — less than half a percent — on workers who do not already pay license fees, hoping to raise $60 million for cash-hungry Jefferson County. — Birmingham News

Need a tax break? Build a fallout shelter

Alabama's $1,000 tax credit for radioactive fallout shelter construction makes The Atlantic's list of quirky tax loophole, right up there with Florida's rent-a-cow and Arkansas' car tax write-off for blind veterans. — The Atlantic

Watch your language

The ale's brand name was deemed too off-color for store shelves, so we'd better not mention it here — but it's been turned down by the state Alcoholic Beverage Board, even though the same word is allowed on a wine label. — Portfolio

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