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Top News Links: Tuesday, April 1

Ingalls lands National Security Cutter contract

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced Monday that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Pascagoula has received a $497 million contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to build a seventh Legend-class National Security Cutter. – Menafn.com

Dreadlock lovers lose in court

An Alabama federal judge last week dismissed a race discrimination suit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against an insurance company that refused to hire a woman with dreadlocks, finding that the company’s hairstyle policy did not violate federal anti-discrimination law. – Law360.com

Scrushy won’t sign off on ACA

Richard Scrushy agrees providing health care to everybody is a noble goal, but he said the Affordable Care Act is going to lead to more out-of-pocket costs for individuals. The former HealthSouth CEO and convicted felon appeared Monday on Fox Business Network. – al.com

Drummond back to work in Colombia

After close to three months of not being allowed exporting any coal from its Colombian mines, Birmingham-based Drummond Co. is resuming shipments from its Cienaga port on the Caribbean Sea. – Mining.com

Wind Creek Hospitality has new food focus

A new initiative from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians is focused on the farm. Wind Creek Hospitality, formerly PCI Gaming, has announced plans to promote regional food and promote healthy lifestyles in partnership with local food organizations. – Montgomery Advertiser

Law firm seeks class action on GM recall

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles P.C. has filed a complaint seeking class action status on behalf of more than 1.4 million General Motors automobile owners whose vehicles have been recalled by GM for a faulty ignition switch. – BeasleyAllen.com

State’s unemployment rate rises a bit

Alabama's unemployment rate has risen to 6.4 percent. The state Department of Labor says the February rate is up from 6.1 percent in January, but below the same month last year, when Alabama measured 6.6 percent. – AP/Tuscaloosa News

Gambling elicits Strange reaction

The Alabama attorney general's office has seized more than 1,000 gambling machines during Monday morning raids at casinos in Greene County. Attorney General Luther Strange said the casinos were operating in "open defiance" of state law. – AP/SFGate

Alabama 6th in sales tax burden

A recent report from the nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based think tank Tax Foundation shows that Alabama has the sixth highest average sales tax burden in the United States at 8.51 percent. – Watchdog.org

Lima One expanding to Birmingham

Lima One Capital plans to expand into the Birmingham area in the second quarter of 2014.  – PRNewswire.com

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