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Top News Links: Friday, April 4

Tax holiday for guns named deadest bill

Legislation that would have created a state sales tax holiday for guns and ammunition purchases has won the Shroud Award for the "deadest" house bill of the 2014 legislative session. – Alabama's 13

Senators want more space competition

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and six other senators are pressing the military to open launches of military satellites to competition as early as 2015. The sole source of those launches now is the United Launch Alliance plant in Decatur. – al.com

ASF Intermodal opens second Texas facility

ASF Intermodal of Mobile today announced the opening of the company’s newest intermodal drayage facility, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area. The DFW facility is the firm’s second in Texas and ninth overall. – ASF Intermodal

Boat manufacturer floats into Dothan

Glasstream Powerboats, a Florida fishing and pleasure boat manufacturing and design company, has agreed to locate a manufacturing facility just off Napier Field Road in Dothan. It’s expected to create 100 jobs. – Dothan Eagle

Southern Living fond of Naked Pig, others

Southern Living is excited that loosened liquor laws now allow brew masters to create craft beers and sell them across Alabama. To celebrate, the magazine has named its five favorites. Will you agree? – Southern Living

Chicken Salad Chick invading Alpharetta

Alabama-based Chicken Salad Chick will soon open up a second restaurant in metro Atlanta in the Stonewalk at Northpoint Commons Shopping Centre at 970 Northpoint Drive in Alpharetta. – Alpharetta.Patch.com

Minnesota man arrested in alleged bank fraud

A Minnesota man has been arrested in his home state and is awaiting extradition to Baldwin County over his alleged involvement with a Robertsdale man involving a “prime bank” investment scheme. – GulfCoastNewsToday.com

Reporter tagged in land deal defamation suit

A newspaper reporter must face a defamation lawsuit after using a man's confidential court documents containing "psychiatric information" to write articles about a land deal in Alabama, a federal judge ruled. – CourthouseNews.com

Legislature OKs drug testing welfare applicants

The Alabama Legislature has approved a bill to drug test welfare applicants who have had a drug conviction within the last five years. – AP/The Republic

Louisiana kicks Alabama educator to curb

Louisiana has been without a top higher education executive for the past two weeks, but few have noticed. Jim Purcell, the state commissioner of higher education, walked away from his job March 20 three years after the Alabama native was brought in to guide the state’s colleges and universities. – TheAdvocate.com

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