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Top News Links: Tuesday, April 12

Reporters continue peppering Bentley with questions

Gov. Robert Bentley joined local and state economic development leaders Monday as the ribbon was cut on the third and final phase of the Robotics Technology Park, across from Calhoun Community College. Following prepared remarks Alabama's embattled governor faced a throng of reporters and reiterated he's not stepping down. Despite telling reporters he would only answer questions related to the RTP, Bentley was still peppered with questions about a legislative plan to move forward with impeachment proceedings against him. – EnewsCourier.com

UAH scientists test rocket propulsion with no propellant

Scientists at the University of Alabama in Huntsville are set to use computer models to investigate the results of experimental testing at NASA'S Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville to develop an engineering tool to design missions using a new type of long-distance space propulsion. The Heliopause Electrostatic Rapid Transit System Electric Sail is entering basic research testing at Marshall. The propulsion system, which uses no propellant, would harness the solar wind. – Phys.org

Study: Pay gap for Alabama women $12,109 annually

On average, Alabama women employed full time, year round are paid just 73 cents for every dollar paid to men – a yearly pay gap of $12,109. That means, in total, women in Alabama lose nearly $8 billion every year, according to a new study from the National Partnership for Women & Families. – News release

BBA: Birmingham gains $1B in capital investment

It's tough to put a dollar value on the Magic City's renaissance, but the Birmingham Business Alliance tried: $1.099 billion in capital investment announcements, the economic development agency announced. And jobs? We've got jobs. 3,509 announced just last year, according to the BBA. It's one of the largest years for investments that Birmingham has ever seen, according to the BBA. – AL.com

University of Mobile announces new president

The University of Mobile Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Timothy L. Smith as the fourth president in the Christian university’s 54-year history. Smith, 52, who holds two Ph.D.s, two master’s degrees and is licensed by the South Carolina Board of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, has extensive experience in Christian higher education. – News release

UA group sponsoring leadership workshop May 14

The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development works with communities to assist in planning and implementation of trails, outdoor recreational amenities and tourism development projects. UACED is sponsoring an educational, yet fun and informative leadership workshop in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, May 14, in partnership with the Alabama Trails Commission. – News release

Clayton Homes purchases River Birch Homes

A Tennessee-based manufactured housing company has reached an agreement to purchase River Birch Homes in Hackleburg, Alabama. Clayton Homes says the purchase included all operating assets and is effective immediately. River Birch began operations in Marion County in 1997. – WTVA

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