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Top News Links: Thursday, April 7

Bentley tells media what not to ask him

Alabama's governor passed on an opportunity Wednesday to address an effort by some lawmakers to impeach him amid scrutiny over recordings of a sexually explicit conversation. Gov. Robert Bentley has previously vowed to fight it. He spoke to reporters in Montgomery at a news conference called to discuss budgetary issues with the state's Medicaid agency. He also spoke about prisons. Before opening the floor, Bentley effectively pre-empted any questions about the scandal. – CNN/WISN

Mando America Corp. to do $19M expansion in Opelika

Mando America Corporation will bring a $19 million expansion to its existing Opelika location, Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller announced at an Opelika City Council meeting Tuesday night. The expansion, which will encompass equipment and building improvements to the automotive parts manufacturer over the course of three years, is expected to result in the creation of 32 jobs. – OANow.com

Alabama may get a bump in tourism over LGBT laws

The head of the regional tourism bureau on the Coast just wrapped up a multistate tourism conference in Baton Rouge. Culinary tourism was supposed to be the focus of this year's Southeast Tourism Society meeting that brings together tourism experts from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Guess what else they talked about. – Sun Herald

Mayors say better transportation infrastructure needed

The mayors of Alabama’s five largest cities gathered today in Montgomery where they called on state leaders to support efforts to improve transportation infrastructure in Alabama. The mayors from Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa said state legislators must identify funding for construction of new bridges, roads and highways as well as maintenance and repairs on existing infrastructure. – Alabama News Center

Bill to allow loaded guns in cars making progress

Carrying loaded handguns in your vehicles without permits might soon become a reality in Alabama. Members of “Bama Carry” a guns rights advocacy group in Northport support the bill. Eddie Fulmer is president of Bama Carry. He says this would allow citizens to protect themselves and their families while driving on the road and is good legislation. – WIAT

Luther Strange wants fantasy sports betting shut down

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced Tuesday that his office has found daily fantasy sports to constitute illegal gambling and that he has issued cease and desist letters to DraftKings and FanDuel. Strange becomes the ninth attorney general to take such action. – LegalSportsReport.com

Mobile-area students honored for entrepreneurship

Could Shoe Boo revolutionize over-the-counter orthotics and make the company’s owners millionaires? If it does, part of the credit goes to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy sponsored by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (ASMS) and the University of South Alabama. – Alabama News Center

Startup Weekend comes to UA April 22-24

Do you have the next big business idea? Local residents and University of Alabama students will have an opportunity to bring their ideas to life as Startup Weekend returns to campus April 22-24. The 54-hour fast-paced event begins with pitching ideas, and it moves on to business model creation, design and development. – News release

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