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Top News Links: Monday, April 29

TVA officials, federal budget officials meet on possible sale

Following up on a presidential suggestion that the Tennessee Valley Authority might need to be sold if improvements can't be paid for within the agency's budget cap, TVA's CEO Bill Johnson said he will meet soon with Treasury Department and Office of Management and Budget officials. — Reuters

Immigration law loses another round

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear a challenge filed by the state of Alabama to preserve a section of its immigration law that restricts harboring immigrants. — al.com

Grocery tax likely to stay

Bills to repeal the sales tax on food appear unlikely to pass with the Alabama legislative session in its last days, proponents of the tax change told the Associated Press. — ABC 33/40

GE Aviation open for business

State and city officials gathered in Auburn today to cut the ribbon on GE Aviation's new $50 million plant to make jet engine parts; plant is expected to employ several hundred people. — Montgomery Advertiser

Which counties get the state's new jobs?

The lion's share of the 20,000 new jobs announced in Alabama are all centered in the state's 15 biggest counties, with a dozen counties getting no new jobs at all. — Birmingham News

Moody's downgrades Alagasco

Investor rating service Moody's has lowered its rating for Alabama Gas Co. from A1 to A2, because of its debt, and maintained parent company Energy at Baa3. — al.com

Federal land groups, public meet on fracking

Officials from the state agencies and the  Bureau of Land Management and other agencies hosted an open house last week to talk about techniques and likelihoods for oil and gas drilling in Alabama National Forests. — Talladega-St. Clair Daily Home

Business group, university pair up on job match ups

Birmingham Business Alliance and the University of Alabama at Birmingham have teamed to create a job listing service accessible through UAB's career services office. — UAB PR

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