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Top News Links: Wednesday, April 8

No more ‘Mockingbird’ in Monroeville?

Each spring when the azaleas bloom, attorney Atticus Finch, daughter Scout and other characters from "To Kill a Mockingbird" come to life on the courthouse lawn in the Alabama hometown of author Harper Lee. The production is a point of civic pride that draws crowds from across the globe and helps fill motels, restaurants and shops in otherwise sleepy Monroeville, a town of 6,300 in southwest Alabama. Yet the play may eventually be coming to an end. Organizers haven't been able to obtain rights to produce the play beyond 2015, records show, and a person involved in the delay is the same person who came under scrutiny after discovering "Watchman" and alerting a publisher: Lee's attorney Tonja Carter. – AP/Denver Post

State’s military bases may still see cuts

Several influential Republicans and Democrats have bluntly told top Pentagon officials that the budget caps known as sequestration are unlikely to change anytime soon, suggesting that the painful across-the-board budget cuts may hit the military again this fall. "Even though I believe in miracles, it is becoming very clear to me that … the Budget Control Act funding levels will be the law of the land," Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., said. – Military Times

Nucor Steel sued over fatal accident

An Alabama steel producer is now facing a federal lawsuit after an intern was killed last fall. Last October, 27-year-old Korey Ryan was killed at Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc. while trying to change a filter near a crane, according to a report from Fox 6. The report cited a federal wrongful death lawsuit filed by Ryan's mother, which said a gantry crane was moving a sheet of steel and a crane wheel ran over Ryan's foot, then dragging him into a steel beam. – BizJournals.com

Bill could boost injured worker comp

Alabama lawmakers have introduced a bill that would nearly triple the maximum compensation for workers who suffer amputations on the job. The bill, filed April 2, comes less than a month after a ProPublica and NPR investigation showed that Alabama had the lowest such benefits in the country and provided injured workers with an amount that left them far below the poverty line. – NPR

UA, Regions make Forbes sweet spot list

A new ranking by Forbes Magazine lists Alabama-based Regions as one of the best employers in the nation alongside the University of Alabama and the rest of the United States’ top companies and public institutions. Regions Financial Corporation, headquartered in downtown Birmingham, employs 24,255 people nationwide and came in at No. 308 on the list. The University of Alabama, which employs nearly 5,000 faculty and staff members, came in even higher at No. 58. – Yellowhammer

Wisconsin genetics pioneer to join HudsonAlpha

Howard Jacob, who led the Medical College of Wisconsin to international prominence by reading the information in a little boy's DNA to help save his life, is leaving for a job with a nonprofit biotechnology institute in Huntsville.  Jacob, 53, will become chief genomic medicine officer and vice president of genomic health at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Marshall wins NASA’s Small Biz Cup (again)

The Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville won NASA's Small Business Administrator's Cup Tuesday for the fourth time in the award's seven-year history. Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. came to the center to present the award given each year to the center that best supports and brings small businesses into NASA's contracting team. "I told the team this morning it's getting to be a habit," Bolden said. – AL.com

Bradley Arant adds 5 attorneys to D.C. office

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has added five attorneys to the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Team. The new attorneys are partners Haydn J. Richards, Jr. and Heather Cain Hutchings; senior attorney Amy C. Greenwood-Field; and associates Kristen S. Birdsall and Erika J. Sonstroem. All five were previously with the D.C. office of Dykema Gossett PLC. – BizJournals.com

Miz Frances honored for splendid consistency

A long-time Bromberg's employee is making news across the country. Both the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press recently profiled 93-year-old Frances Moore, a 75-year employee of the family-owned jewelry store. Miz Frances, as she is known at Bromberg's, began working at the store on Nov. 21, 1939 polishing silver and made $8 a week initially. – AP/AL.com

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