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Top News Links: Wednesday, April 23

Gaming vibrant on Gulf Coast

As the Poarch Band of Creek Indians seek to build a Las Vegas-style casino just over the Florida border, the 12 Gulf Coast casinos took in $104.8 million in gross gaming revenue in March, up from $102 million last year, a Mississippi Gaming Commission report states. – al.com

U.S. approves Black Hawk sale to Mexico

The U.S. government has approved a potential sale of 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Mexico, officials says this week. The deal for the Sikorsky Aircraft-built helicopters is worth about $680 million. Connecticut-based Sikorsky operates a Black Hawk technical integration center in Huntsville. – al.com

Developers sewing up Airbus supply chain

Alabama’s top economic developers are laying plans to target the Airbus supply chain and pursue projects involving advanced materials and additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing. – Charleston Business

Renasant Corp. says Q4 profit up

Regional bank Renasant Corp. says profit in 2013′s fourth quarter rose 80 percent in the second period following its takeover of First M&F Corp. – AP/Mississippi Business Journal

Michaels latest chain hit by data breach

Every Michaels Inc. store in Alabama was reportedly affected by a recent data breach, company officials says Tuesday. Affected stores include those in Bessemer, Dothan, Hoover, Prattville and Spanish Fort, Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa. – al.com

Montgomery business community upbeat

Montgomery's business community expects more growth and success this spring than at any time since 2006, according to a new survey of executives. – Montgomery Advertiser

State requiring course in personal finance

Alabama is among 19 states now requiring a course in personal finance. Ninth graders will be required to take the class on financial literacy. That's five more states requiring the class than in 2011. – TimesDaily.com

Coal layoffs hit British Columbia hard

Layoffs slated for mid-July, when Walter Energy Inc. idles its third British Columbia coal mine, will put nearly 1,000 B.C. coal miners out of work in the past year. The Alabama-based firm announced last week it was shuttering its Wolverine metallurgical coal mine in Tumbler Ridge, laying off 415 workers. – BIV.com

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