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Top News Links: Wednesday, April 4

GAO says Boeing tanker over budget, facing schedule challenges

Boeing's new refueling tanker for the Air Force is $900 million over budget on project with "significant schedule risks." — Reuters

Beach county goes after BP on its own behalf

Baldwin County voted Tuesday to file an independent suit against BP for damage to beaches and related tourist industry. — Mobile Press-Register

Orange Beach, condo developers at odd

Beach city works toward deal with condo developer in attempt to avert threatened lawsuit. — Mobile Press-Register

Farmers hoping for help from legislature

Alabama's farmers, who had troubles harvesting last fall, hope legislators will work to solve labor shortages caused by immigration bill. — Cullman Times

Religious leaders urge changes in law

An ecumenical group of religious leaders create TV ad to urge changes in immigration law. — WBRC

States aim to zap tax-zappers

Software that lets cash-heavy businesses cheat on taxes is the target for several cash-strapped states. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Former Rep. Schmitz out of jail

Sue Schmitz, who represented Madison County, released after serving time for mail fraud and theft, charges she has long denied. — Huntsville Times

Honeywell's UOP expanding in Mobile

Plans call for a $20 million expansion of the Mobile UOP plant that makes filters to remove radioactive material from water. — Mobile Press-Register

JMC Steel Group buys Lakeside

Lakeside Steel's projects in Thomasville now part of Canadian JMC Steel Group in deal completed this week. — Marketwatch

Birmingham firm to build alternate energy project

Air Liquide has been selected to build a hydrogen fueling station to power local bus service. — Renewable Energy Focus

Pension funds picking risky investments

Slow and steady a better option for pension investments, expert says. — Time Moneyland

Health providers wait for Medicaid payments

Those providing health care through Medicaid for low-income individuals had to wait for March payments; Medicaid commissioner resigns. — Mobile Press-Register

Farm market opens in Tuscaloosa

Long-awaited Tuscaloosa River Market opens for business. — Alabama's 13

Alabama House debating charter schools bill

House committee to vote today on bill that would use tax money for private-like charter schools. — Tuscaloosa News

City tagged by IRS

Missing withholding funds leave city of Brighton liable for $1 million debt and fines. — Birmingham News

Alabama auction house gets stable job

Gadsden auction house J.P. King has been chosen to auction the $30 million Padua Stables in Florida. — Birmingham News

Progress Bank raises $7.6 million

Third stock offering for Huntsville's Progress Bank and Trust has raised $7.6 million to be used for expansion. — Huntsville Times

Air pollution costs steel mills $95,000

Alabama's Department of Environmental Managements fines ThyssenKrupp for air quality violations. — Mobile Press-Register

Alabama A&M part of new HP project for Army

Ten small businesses and Alabama A&M University will partner with HP in $249 million cloud computing project. — Engadget

Exports up

Alabama exports are up as businesses target China and other Southeast Asia markets. — Montgomery Advertiser

Editorial calls for courageous leadership

Investment in high-tech jobs and the education to fill them is best strategy for income growth, and it's working in The Shoals, newspaper opines. — Florence TimesDaily

Did you remember to wash your hands?

Alabama Power helps 27 state hospitals check whether employees wash up before treating patients, to help prevent infection. — MarketWatch

If you can't play, will you still pay?

Will IBM continue to support Master's Tournament since its female CEO is barred from club's membership? They fought to make Shoal Creek integrate years back. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Playing card tax puts Alabama atop Money list

Alabama's 10-cent tax on playing cards earned is a spot on list of top ten strange state taxes. — US News and World Report Money

Tuscaloosa photographer at work in NYC

Miller Mobley hits the big time in the big apple, with assignments for Readers Digest, Wired and more. — al.com

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