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Top News Links: Friday, April 18

Former U.S. attorney on BP review panel

A former U.S. attorney in Baton Rouge, La., has been tapped to head a new three-member audit panel tasked to review the settlement arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, The Republic reports. – al.com

AEA goes after accountability act author

The Alabama Education Association's political action committee gave its largest March campaign donation, $50,000, to Democratic state Senate candidate Taylor Stewart. Stewart is opposing Republican Sen. Del Marsh of Anniston, chief architect of the Alabama Accountability Act. – The Associated Press

Fairhope developer punished for wetlands fill

A real estate developer from Fairhope has been sentenced to prison, fined and ordered to make restitution for violating the Clean Water Act near Bay St. Louis, Miss. Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. on Thursday gave William R. "Rusty" Miller a nine-month prison term, home confinement and fines. – SunHerald.com

ICA Engineering-Huntsville changes hands

Nashville-based Littlejohn Engineering Associates has acquired the assets of ICA Engineering Huntsville, including its backlog of projects. Littlejohn has had a presence in Huntsville since acquiring GW Jones & Sons, Consulting Engineers Inc. a year ago. – Littlejohn Engineering Associates

Opinion: Bentley should take another look at Medicaid

Opponents of Gov. Robert Bentley's ironclad refusal to expand Medicaid in Alabama have tried logic, reasoning, emotional requests and biblical pleas, and nothing has worked. Alabama deserves better. – InsuranceNewsNet.com

Mobile chases loan to improve Airbus road

City officials have almost everything they need to apply for a highly competitive $10 million grant to renovate Broad Street, from Water Street to the Brookley Aeroplex. – al.com

Former execs indicted in nursing home case

Two former executives of a Madison County company have been indicted for intentionally misleading investors in Mississippi and Alabama about a monitoring system for nursing homes or other health care facilities that could help improve the overall care of patients, federal officials said Thursday. – Clarion Ledger

Alabama towns join U.S. 80 yard sale

Alabama towns along U.S. 80 will be participating in a massive yard sale Friday and Saturday that also stretches across Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, called the Historic U.S. 80 Hi-Way Sale. – Enewscourier.com

Longtime Alabama public servant Lee dies

Former longtime secretary of the Alabama state Senate, McDowell Lee, has died at the age of 89. His daughter says Lee died Thursday afternoon after a brief illness at his home in Auburn. He became secretary of the Senate in 1963 and served in that position for 47 years before retiring in 2010. – WBHM.org

Social media: Friend or foe?

Social media can be a powerful tool for employers when facing litigation, but it can also expose employers to liability when used to make employment decisions, especially when it comes to hiring new employees. – Baker Donelson

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