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Top News Links: Thursday, April 30

Bentley not thrilled with gambling deal

Alabama's top Republicans are responding to a proposal by a Senate leader that suggests legalizing gambling in the state would bring in more than 400 million dollars, solving the state's budget shortfall. "I am not going to be a part of something that will not solve our problems long term and I will not be a part of something that will not take care of our situation in October." Strong words from Governor Robert Bentley about Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh's gaming proposal. – Alabama News Network

Alabama Auto Show opens with 500 models

The Alabama Auto Show opens today at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, where more than 500 models featuring the latest industry design and technology are on display. The show, which runs through Sunday, also features 22 brands, including the four that have vehicle and engine assembly plants in Alabama: Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota. – AL.com

Birmingham, surrounding counties add 3,011 jobs

The Birmingham Business Alliance announced Wednesday that in 2014 the Birmingham seven-county region gained 3,011 jobs in new and expanding industries. Capital investment in 2014 totaled $370 million. The BBA made the announcement at the annual Regional Economic Growth Summit, held at The Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham. ABC3340

U.S. Steel shows net loss for 1Q

U.S. Steel has reduced expectations for a key measure of profitability after releasing its earnings results for the first quarter, which revealed a $75 million net loss. U.S. Steel has adjusted its expected EBITDA, which is essentially net income with interest, taxes, depreciation added back in. The company expects its EBITDA to be between $700 million and $900 million for the year, down from its January guidance of $1.1 billion to $1.4 billion. – AL.com

Curse to hire 50 for development team

Curse's workforce in downtown Huntsville keeps getting bigger. The global multimedia and technology company, which creates content and products for gamers, already employs 80 workers from north Alabama, the U.S., England, Lithuania, Australia and more. Donovan Duncan, vice president of marketing for Curse, said they plan to hire an additional 50 employees this year in the Rocket City. Most of the new staff will work on Curse's growing development team, he said. – AL.com

Beasley Allen helps finalize $2.4B settlement

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. has agreed to a $2.4 billion settlement to resolve bladder cancer claims tied to its Type 2 diabetes drug Actos. The settlement will compensate an anticipated 9,000 claimants who filed federal and state lawsuits alleging they suffered from bladder cancer after taking Actos, says Beasley Allen lawyer Andy D. Birchfield, who is head of the firm’s Mass Torts Section. – News release

Volkert to help manage $85M park project

The state of Alabama has selected Volkert, Inc. to provide construction management and environmental compliance services for the $85.5 million Gulf State Park project, which will make improvements throughout the park and rebuild a lodge and meeting space facility that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. – AL.com

New bill reduced liability on generic drugs

Alabama lawmakers have passed a bill that would overturn a state Supreme Court ruling that held a brand-name drug manufacturer liable for physical injuries caused by a generic drug product that it neither made nor sold. The measure, Senate Bill 80, garnered bipartisan support in the Legislature. – Legal Newsline

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