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Top News Links: Tuesday, April 11

Bentley, faced with potential jail time, resigns

Facing impeachment, scandal-ridden Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has resigned. On Monday morning, state lawmakers began hearings to decide whether to impeach Bentley for allegedly using state resources and campaign funds to conceal an affair. By Monday afternoon the two sides agreed that Bentley would plead guilty to two "failure to disclose" misdemeanors, repay the misused funds, and never hold public office again. – Business Insider

One Kay Ivey insight: She’s worked on the farm

Robert Bentley, who resigned as Alabama’s governor on Monday, will be succeeded by Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, who will be the first Republican woman to occupy the office. She is a familiar figure in Alabama, having served as lieutenant governor and state treasurer. – New York Times

Aerojet Rocketdyne steps up Huntsville expansion

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced plans on Monday to consolidate several facilities and relocate more operations to Huntsville over the next two years. “We are two years into the first phase of our CIP affordability drive and the consolidation progress, and overhead cost reductions achieved to date have exceeded our expectations,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. Aerojet Rocketdyne plans to consolidate its Sacramento and Vernon, Cali. and Gainesville, Va. sites while expanding its existing presence in Huntsville. – Alabama Today

Huntsville leader says new governor stable, trustworthy

The pulse of Alabama is changing, but one of the state's top job producers isn't concerned about the future. As Gov. Robert Bentley prepared to resign following a year of controversy surrounding his relationship with former political adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason, leaders announced Aerojet Rocketdyne will bring hundreds of jobs to Huntsville for rocket engine production. – AL.com

Arkansas company buys Southern Light in $700M deal

Uniti Group Inc. of Little Rock announced Monday that it has agreed to acquire privately held fiber network provider Southern Light LLC of Mobile for about $700 million in cash and equity. "This acquisition transforms Uniti Fiber into a more competitive provider of fiber infrastructure solutions," Kenny Gunderman, Uniti's president and CEO, said in a news release. Southern Light provides data transport services along the Gulf Coast. – ArkansasBusiness.com

Regions puts tech veteran in C-suite

Regions Bank has hired Amala Duggirala to serve as the company's Enterprise Chief Information Officer. Duggirala and her employees will oversee app development, corporate computing, information security and information technology government. – AL.com

Uber launches fleet to map out Birmingham

Uber is launching a fleet of about a dozen cars this week in Tuscaloosa to gather data to help complete their maps of the city. The ridesharing company will launch the same fleet in Birmingham next week. The goal is to gather data that will improve service. – AL.com

Analysis: Large-scale philanthropics treat South differently

Large-scale philanthropic organizations and foundations do not assist Southern nonprofits at the same scale as comparable outreaches in other parts of the country. And when funds are mustered out, they tend to gravitate toward short-term solutions to problems like poverty. – AL.com

ADTRAN adds unified communications to ProCloud Subscription Services

ADTRAN Inc., a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, on Monday announced the launch of its ProCloud UC powered by BroadSoft . The addition of the BroadCloud call control platform to ADTRAN’s ProCloud Subscription Services Suite enables Managed Service Provider (MSP) partners to expand their cloud-based unified communications (UC) offerings. – Yahoo.com

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