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Top News Links: Friday, April 12

UAW lays groundwork for union vote at Volkswagen

Southeastern economic development eyes are trained on Volkswagen's Tennessee plant, where the United Auto Workers are in preliminary efforts to unionize the plant's workforce. — Atlanta Journal Constitution

Coals sales rise, lifting Walter shares

Birmingham-based Walter Energy saw share prices rise following the close of business yesterday, after announcing a 17 percent increase in metallurgical coal sales. — Bloomberg

More names for the ballot

Following Gov. Robert Bentley's weekend announcement that he'll seek a second term, former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy Lee George has announced plans to challenge Bentley for the nomination, the Associated Press reports. — Sand Mountain Reporter

Bank study shows bright housing market in northern counties

A new study by BancorpSouth shows an increased demand for housing — possibly enough to justify new developments — in Madison, Morgan, Marshall and Limestone counties. — al.com

State adds to filings in bingo battle with Creeks

The attorney general's team has added to its claims against the gaming at Poarch Creek casinos, building its case on the tribe's decision to move the case to federal court. — al.com 

Escambia County awards incentives for peanut warehouse

A $6 million warehouse able to store 13,000 tons of peanuts won financial incentives from the Escambia County Commission this week; Escambia Peanut LLC will gather peanuts from local growers for later shipment to Brooks Peanut Co. in Samson. — Atmore News

Three Alabama firms tapped for Airbus work

Hoar Program Management, leading the construction program for Airbus in Mobile, has tapped Southern Earth Sciences for geotechnical work, Gulf States Engineering and The Austin Company for architectural and engineering services, and Hosea O. Weaver and Sons Inc. for utilities and infrastructure; aside from Austin, all are based in Mobile. — Hoar PR

Event aims to link small and large businesses

A Pelham event slated for Monday will help small businesses learn of opportunities to provide services to larger companies and government agencies in the region. — Shelby County Reporter

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