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Top News Links: Wednesday, April 1

Judge says jury should hear state’s oil claims

A judge says Alabama's Gulf oil-spill-damage claims under the federal Oil Pollution Act can be heard by a jury. BP had moved to block a jury trial for the state, saying that neither the Oil Pollution Act nor admiralty law provides the right to a trial by jury. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans rejected the oil giant's arguments in a ruling released late Monday. – AP/Chicoer.com

State Senate OKs incentives remodeling

The Alabama Senate on Tuesday approved a major piece of economic-development legislation that would remodel the way the state provides incentives to companies it is trying to recruit. The Alabama Jobs Act would create a pay-as-you-go plan for companies receiving tax abatements, along with other incentives for creating jobs in the state. – Montgomery Advertiser

Study: RSA will need taxpayer bailouts

 A new research paper from the Alabama Policy Institute (API), a free market think tank based in Birmingham, written by Auburn University professors James R. Barth and John Jahera warns of an impending shortfall in the state pension system that makes today’s general fund shortage look small. – Yellowhammer

Steel coil handling facility dedicated

The Alabama State Port Authority and Alabama Steel Terminals, LLC dedicated today its new $36 million steel coil handling facility at the Port of Mobile. Located on the Alabama State Port Authority’s main docks complex, the new rail, truck and barge served facility was constructed behind ASPA’s Pier D2 berth on a 40-foot deep channel. – News release

Page & Jones wins key Airbus contract

Mobile-based Page & Jones Inc. has been awarded the import clearance and export services contract with Airbus related to its A320 final assembly line under construction at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. "We are very pleased and proud to have been chosen to provide these services to Airbus," Mike Lee, chief executive officer of Page & Jones, said. – AL.com

T-Mobile Financial project complete

Robins & Morton completed a 67,000 SF renovation of the former Southern Living Media Services Building for the New T-Mobile Financial Care Call Center. The project was completed in just five months, including complete demolition of the interior systems, replacement of all windows, a new roof and the addition of 250 parking spaces to accommodate employees. – News release

EBSCO grows with two major acquisitions

Birmingham-based EBSCO Information Services, the largest provider of research content, search services, and delivery platforms to libraries worldwide, recently acquired YBP Library Services, the market leader in delivering over 12 million print and digital books to academic, research and special libraries. Earlier last month, EBSCO Industries also announced the acquisition of a majority interest in All Current Electrical Sales. – News release

Study aims to set path for economic good

The Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University is today releasing a study on “Improving Lives in Alabama: A Vision for Economic Freedom and Prosperity.” The document has 12 chapters that cover topics that have an impact on the health of Alabama’s economy and the well-being of its citizens. – News release

Fraud complaints multiply at Alabama One

More Alabama One members have filed complaints alleging fraud and theft against the $603 million credit union headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Two cases have been brought by Lori Parks and named Alabama One as well as its CEO John Dee Carruth, a credit union attorney named Paul Toppins and Alabama One Business Lending Manager Tammy Ewing. – Credit Times

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