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Top News Links: Tuesday, April 2

Contractor group seeks to avoid bid process for public projects

A proposed bill that has the blessing of Associated Builders and Contractors would allow public agencies to pick a contractor to serve as construction manager without the traditional bidding process, then hold the contractor responsible if the project came in over budget; small contractors says the bill would steer business to big companies. — WPMI-TV - NBC News

Spill victims fights back as BP tries to stop paying some Gulf oil spill claims

Individuals and companies that suffered losses because of the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 have responded to BP's request to the court that they redefine the terms of a previous settlement, calling some of the claims "fictitious losses." — Bloomberg

Alabama ranks second most friendly to small business

A survey by small business association Thumbtack ranked Alabama second most friendly to small business (after Utah), basing its rankings not only on taxes but also on training, licensing requirements and general economy. — Governing

Huntsville among top 20 cities for strong economic base

A survey by Policom ranks Huntsville 19th among the nation's cities for its strong economic base; Birmingham and Montgomery also ranked in the top 100. — al.com

Mobile ranks third "most miserable"

A Gallup survey finds that Mobile residents are "sad, angry, worried or depressed," living in a city with a high crime rate and an especially high murder rate. — 24/7 Wall Street

Tables may be turning to favor employees

After years of a tight job market, an increase in jobs may mean an increase in turnover, especially in companies that have taken workers for granted. — NBC News

Raytheon reorganization will cost 200 jobs

Raytheon, a Massachusetts defense contractor with major operations in Huntsville, has announced plans to reorganize its business structure, letting 200 people go out of its 68,000 employees worldwide; no indication from the company where the dropped employees work now. — Raytheon PR

Pelham officials working to bring new business to vacant building

Pelham city officials are negotiating with Summer Classics, in hopes the outdoor furniture maker will move into the now vacant Moore-Handley building. — al.com

Mobile agency named to insurer's top 10

Lyon Fry Cadden insurance agency in Mobile has been named among the top 10 for growth by the Auto-Owners company. — Mobile Press-Register

Dish satellite technicians needed

Satellites Unlimited is looking for 150 technicians to work on Dish satellites; job fairs are planned in several areas of the state. — al.com 

Opinion: Sweetwater not such a sweet deal for taxpayers

Guest columnist questions proposal by Decatur mayor to trade tax incentives for a new shopping center that could undermine Decatur's existing business. — al.com

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