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Top News Links: Wednesday, April 13

Alabama leaders poised to help Trump win

The two Alabama Republicans who will help write the rules at July's GOP National Convention are party delegates pledged to support Donald Trump. State Rep. Ed Henry and Laura Payne were elected to the convention's Rules Committee on Saturday in Montgomery. That could be important to the Trump campaign if the presidential nomination is still contested by July. – USA Today

BCA honors state’s top manufacturers

Companies of different sizes and different ages were recognized Tuesday as the best in what each makes during the annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards. Sponsored by the Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network, the awards recognize state companies that exhibit excellence in leadership, performance, profitability and workforce relations. – AL.com

Both chambers approve a hemp research bill

Alabama is one step closer to researching industrial hemp production. Lawmakers in the Alabama House and Senate on Tuesday approved separate bills to allow the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to research industrial hemp production and its possibilities as a cash crop. – AP/Lebanon Daily Record

Pay raise for teachers may happen next fiscal year

Most public schoolteachers, administrators and employees will get a 4 percent pay raise next fiscal year under legislation and a budget approved by a Senate committee Tuesday. The raise, if it wins final approval, will be the first take-home pay increase for teachers in many years. – AP/TimesFreePress.com

UAB Biotech spinoff Endomimetics wins $1M grant

UAB Biotech spinoff Endomimetics has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance its heart technology. Endomimetics makes a device that can coat stents, which are used to open blocked arteries, repair torn vessels and keep passages from swelling shut after surgery. – AL.com

Worker who died in industrial accident identified

Authorities say a Tennessee Valley Authority worker was electrocuted Monday at Wilson Dam, a hydroelectric facility in northwest Alabama. TVA officials identified the worker as 51-year-old Wendell Smith of Florence. TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said it happened in the powerhouse. Brooks said Smith worked 26 years as a hydro technician. – AP/Lebanon Daily Record

Sunset Landing Golf Course gets new life in Huntsville

The Sunset Landing Golf Course is back open after Port of Huntsville leaders announced it would close in late January. The James Record Road course is operating under new management by The Birdie Boys II, a partnership between Mike Parrish and Andy Villarreal. Tennessee Valley Golf Management previously ran the course for the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority. – AL.com

Mullet Toss a certain sign of spring on coast

The 52-year-old FloraBama roadhouse will hold its 32nd Annual Mullet Toss April 22-24. The main event consists of folks throwing a mullet, a mystical fish possessing a gizzard, out of a 10-foot circle, from Florida towards Alabama. Overall winners win a Mullet Dinner for Two at Flora-Bama Ole River Bar & Grill. – News release

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