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Top News Links: Monday, April 13

Remington says new plant up, running

Alabama's new Remington firearms plant is up and running, and the first gun to bear the Huntsville stamp is a pocket .380-cal. pistol being marketed to women as well as men. That's the word from the NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville Friday where Remington proudly showed off the small semi-automatic model RM380 with "Huntsville" stamped on the right side. – AL.com

Mar-Jack to do $50M expansion

Mar-Jac Poultry Alabama LLC said Friday that it is investing about $50 million in its northwest Alabama operations, creating and retaining more than 100 new and existing jobs. The centerpiece of Mar-Jac Poultry’s investment is a new $25 million feedmill in the Franklin County community of Spruce Pine. The project will create at least 30 new jobs and retain 20 jobs from a nearby facility. – Made In Alabama

Developers doing Jefferson Tower tours

The past and present will converge today as Birmingham Mayor William Bell joins developers and downtown advocates in a 'hard-hat tour' of one of the city's largest and oldest hotel buildings just before renovations begin. The 20-story Thomas Jefferson Hotel is set to undergo a $22 million renovation and rechristening as the Thomas Jefferson Tower. – AL.com

New tax considered on digital streaming

The Alabama Department of Revenue is considering a new rule requiring companies that offer digital streaming services such as movies, television programs and music to pay a 4-percent state tax. The revenue department says it's an attempt to update tax code for the digital era. Critics say it’s an overreach that should be handled by the Legislature.  – Montgomery Advertiser

Opinion: Low taxes have a downside

It's the time of year for grumbling about taxes, and Alabamians are among the greatest grumblers. For all the grousing, however, the fact is that Alabamians are not overtaxed by any reasonable understanding of the term and actually are among the lowest taxed Americans. – Montgomery Advertiser

Legislature honors Marshall Center

The Alabama Legislature honored NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, today and heard about work on the Space Launch System and other technology being developed to carry explorers deeper into space than ever before, to asteroids and on to Mars. – SpaceRef.com

TVA plan seems to exclude Bellefonte

TVA's draft 20-year plan for electricity generation anticipates more reliance on natural gas and renewable energy but no current scenario projects the utility completing work on the Bellefonte nuclear plant site near Scottsboro. Tennessee Valley Authority planners were in Huntsville last week for a series of public meetings to outline the plan and gather public comments. The comment period ends April 27. – AL.com

Opinion: Get ABC out of wholesale

Many private retailers, both package stores and restaurants, complain ABC refuses to carry, for reasons beyond understanding, popular brands that are available in other states. They’re willing to carry any products their customers request, but it is ABC that stands in the way. Getting Alabama out of the liquor business shouldn’t stop with retail, which may or may not help state coffers and will do little for consumers. Alabama should get out of the wholesale liquor business, too. – Decatur Daily

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