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Top News Links: Wednesday, April 9

Poarch Indians gambling on Florida

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, which has land in the Pensacola area, has sent a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott asking to enter into an agreement with the state to offer Las Vegas-style play in northwest Florida. – TBO.com

Report: Gulf wildlife still dying of oil

Four years after the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, several species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still struggling to recover, according to a new report released Tuesday. In particular, bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles are dying in record numbers, according to the National Wildlife Federation. – National Geographic

CEO predicts Mercedes profit hike

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said his expansion of Mercedes-Benz model offerings will enable the carmaker to beat competitors' sales growth and increase operating profit "significantly" in 2014. – AutoNews.com

Hubbard says he didn’t know he got paid

A spokeswoman for Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he wasn't aware that a company he partially owns got paid about $11,000 by the Legislature during the past two years. – AP/Alabama's 13

Bentley signs crowd funding bill

Gov. Robert Bentley signed legislation Tuesday that gives Alabamians a new way to raise business start-up money. The new law allows someone trying to start a small business to use social media and advertising to find small investors who live in the state. – AP/Fairfield Citizen Online

Mobile attracts tire recycling project

Alliance International Group LLC, a Nevada-based startup, plans to invest more than $28 million in Mobile to construct what its founders deem a first-of-its-kind recycling operation for discarded tires. The project is expected to create 128 jobs in its first phase and an annual payroll of roughly $5.6 million. – al.com

Manufacturing level higher, report says

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast increased for March, registering its highest reading since 2012, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released Tuesday. – Kennesaw State University

Judge dismisses school accountability case

A federal judge in Montgomery has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Alabama Accountability Act. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins issued a ruling Tuesday siding with state officials who were sued by attorneys for eight public school students. The judge rejected the students' equal protection argument. – TimesDaily.com

DeAngelis begins hospital construction

DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group has begun construction on a 47,000-square- foot Long Term Acute Care hospital in Savannah, Ga., to be completed in October 2014. – ddhealthcaregroup.com

Alfa picks Guidewire insurance software

Alfa Insurance has selected Guidewire Software’s InsuranceSuite as its new platform for underwriting, policy administration, claims management, billing, and client data management. – BusinessWire.com

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