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Top News Links: Thursday, April 18

Senate committee votes to end sales tax on food

A bill that would eliminate the 4 percent sales tax on food, by cutting it 1 percent per year while adding a 1/4 percent to non-food purchases, won Senate committee approval yesterday; critics say it would still place unfair burden on poor. — al.com

ADEM sues TVA over pollution

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has filed suit against the Tennessee Valley Authority, claiming that seepage from TVA's Colbert Fossil Plant is polluting the Tennessee River with lead, arsenic, mercury and more. — Decatur Daily

Madison downtown center full, more shops expected

A downtown shopping complex in Madison is already full, the developer says, adding that he may build more stores. —al.com 

Birmingham loses jobs, especially downtown

A Brookings Institute study shows that Birmingham and its immediate surroundings lost more than 46,000 jobs in the first decade of the century but that the suburban area 10 to 35 miles outside of town gained some 14,000 jobs, for a net loss of 32,625 in the region. — al.com

Environmental regulations threaten brick company

The owner of Selma's Henry Brick says that new environmental regulations, requiring the company to capture a larger percentage of emissions, could threaten the company's financial health. — Selma Times-Journal

Southern States makes top 100 list

Southern States Bank, based in Anniston, with branches in Birmingham, Opelika and Sylacauga, was ranked number 72 on the the SNL Top 100 Community Banks listing for 2012. — Southern States Bank PR

Duckett moving HQ to Guntersville

Specialty fishing products company Duckett Fishing will be the first major tenant in Guntersville's new Conners Island Business Park; the company is moving its headquarters from Demopolis. — al.com

Airbus posts fourth job opening for Mobile

Airbus has announced the fourth job posting for its under-construction Mobile assembly line, this time seeking a facilities manager. — Mobile Press-Register

Union pact sought for Drummond's Colombian workers

The union representing Drummond's Colombian coal workers is hoping to negotiate a three-year contract, with changes to pay, benefits and safety; workers at Drummond's biggest Colombian competitor were on strike for more than a month to create a similar pact, Reuters reports. — Yahoo! Finance

Alabama automakers join national association

The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association has joined forced with AIAG, a manufacturers' association that seeks to help auto companies work collectively and collaboratively to improve industry standards, streamline processes and develop common business practices." — Wall Street Journal

Regions moves uptown in Dallas

"Ramping up" its Dallas presence, Birmingham-based Regions Financial is moving its offices to the Texas city's Uptown area. — Dallas Morning News

Area Development magazine notes car companies in South

In a regional review feature, Area Development magazine notes that Southern states, including Alabama, are the hub for foreign automakers. — Area Development

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