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Top News Links: Tuesday, April 30

Huntsville ranks first on Weather Channel's tornado cities

Huntsville tops the list among tornado cities compiled by Dr. Greg Forbes for weather.com, with Birmingham and Tuscaloosa ranking 3 and 4 among the nation's top 10. — weather.com

U.S. Steel earnings off

U.S. Steel, with operations in the Birmingham area and listed by Bloomberg as a bidder for the ThyssenKrupp plant near Mobile, reported a loss for the first quarter, but not as big a loss as the first quarter of 2012. — Bloomberg

Three Bridge Street businesses close

Three businesses in Huntsville's upscale Bridge Street Town Center — a restaurant, a bowling alley and a club — have closed, owing the county more than $10,000 in business personal property taxes. — WHNT 19 News

Federal school fund cuts could hurt area districts

Automatic federal budgets cuts  are threatening funds for schools districts that receive federal aid because they serve children on military bases and Indian reservations, the Associated Press reports, and are also poised to trim federal funds for college students. — WVTM-TV 13

State schools chief urges limits on private school tuition credits

State school superintendent Tommy Bice says tuition credits should not be awarded to families whose students already attend private school. — al.com 

Strong first quarter for HealthSouth

HealthSouth, the Birmingham-based company that is the largest owner of freestanding rehabilitation hospitals in the nation, showed a strong first quarter with a 6.3 percent increase in operating revenues. — Yahoo Finance

Union contract talks between Goodyear, Steelworkers

Union and management officials are at work on a new contract covering the company's 8,000 workers, including those in Gadsden, the Associated Press reports. — al.com 

Energen, Alagasco relationship reaffirmed in earnings call

After saying that the relationship between Energen and its natural gas subsidiary Alagasco is "evolving," the company's CEO emphasized that "we are never going to separate…we are always going to keep the two companies together." —al.com

Airbus records sale to Nepal Airlines

Airbus has received a memorandum of understanding with Nepal Airlines covering purchase of two new A320 aircraft; Airbus will be building A320 craft in Mobile starting in 2015. — Airbus PR

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