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Top News Links: Tuesday, April 28

Del Marsh: Might be time for casinos

As Alabama once again struggles to put together a budget, one of the state's most powerful Republicans said Monday that the time has come to look at gambling as a revenue option. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh cited a study that says four casinos and a lottery would generate $400 million in new state revenue — with $332 million of that coming from a state lottery — and 11,000 new jobs. Marsh's office commissioned the study, done by Auburn University at Montgomery. – AP/The Republic

High court upholds payday loan limitations

The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the state Banking Department can create a payday loan database to enforce an existing $500 limit on how much people can borrow at one time from the short-term lenders. The decision was a victory for advocates who have sought restrictions on the loans, but they say it does not go far enough in limiting an industry they said preys upon the financially vulnerable. – AP

UA data shows job growth picking up

Alabama job growth continues to pick up from the slow pace seen in the first half of 2014, according to data from the Center for Business and Economic Research at The University of Alabama. The state gained a net 28,600 jobs from March 2014 to March 2015. Goods producing firms added 1,300 workers while service providing firms gained 27,300. – UA News

Adams & Reese added to water board lobbying team

The Birmingham Water Works Board is spending $90,000 to add a fifth member to its team of lobbyists at the State House. The board April 22 hired the Adams and Reese law firm in a surprise vote that was not on the meeting agenda. No details were shared, the firm's name was not mentioned and no questions were answered. – AL.com

Remington hiring more team members

Remington Outdoor is seeking maintenance technicians and machine operators for its manufacturing plant at Jetplex Industrial Park in Huntsville. Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT), which is handling pre-employment training for the gun maker, will take applications from interested candidates at AIDT.edu/jobs through May 21. Resumes must be submitted online to be considered. – AL.com

Infinity Property’s CFO to retire

Infinity Property and Casualty Corp. reported that Roger Smith, the company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, plans to retire at the end of August. Smith has served as Infinity's Chief Financial Officer since the company went public in 2003. A formal search for his replacement is under way. – Insurance News Net

ISCS plans to double B’ham workforce

Silicon Valley-based software provider ISCS plans to double the workforce of its Birmingham office in the coming months as part of an aggressive expansion plan. ISCS provides software-as-a-service cloud data storage for property and casualty insurance firms through its flagship SurePower Innovation platform. The company entered Birmingham last December with a team of five developers at 210 Inverness Parkway. – BizJournals.com

Dog fighting still a big business

Joe Denham doesn't go to work without a pistol holstered to his hip. Most of the time he works alone, and not on a main highway where someone could see if he were being attacked. "It's scary here," he said. "We're off the (main) road. All you gotta do is drive up the gravel road, and you're out of sight from everybody and everything." He isn't keeping the graveyard shift at a gas station, guarding a drawer full of cash. He's a part-time employee at the Bullock County Humane Society animal shelter. – AP/Times Daily

Nominate yourself or someone you love for Launchpad

Less than three weeks remain to submit nominations for the Fifth Annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards, celebrating the contributions of visionaries statewide to Alabama's economy and entrepreneurial ecosystem. The submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. May 17, and winners will be honored during a special innovation and entrepreneurship conference in Birmingham Sept. 2. – AL.com

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