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Top News Links: Tuesday, April 25

Margaritaville won’t be acquired by Wind Creek

Margaritaville has announced that they are ending their pending merger to an Alabama Indian tribe. In a press release issued on Monday, the casino and resort says the merger ended because one of the requirements that the casino would be operated under the tribe's Wind Creek brand rather than the Margaritaville brand could not be met. – KSLA

Life sciences focus of Alabama trade mission to Europe

Alabama business and community leaders are in Europe on a trade mission this week, seeking new market opportunities for the state’s growing bioscience industry in the countries of Germany and Denmark. The 22-member delegation also is promoting the cutting-edge developments happening at research centers from Huntsville to Birmingham to Mobile and beyond, an effort to encourage new investment in the broader U.S. life sciences sector. – News release

New Orleans airline startup files for bankruptcy

New Orleans-based GLO Airlines, which has operated regional charter flights from Louis Armstrong International Airport since late 2015, has filed for bankruptcy protection and must stop operating after Thursday, federal bankruptcy court records show. GLO has asked the court to allow it to keep flying past Thursday, saying that otherwise it will lose "its principal source of revenue." – The Advocate

AT&T closing Birmingham Collections Center, 130 jobs to go

AT&T will close its Birmingham Collections Center this summer, affecting 130 employees starting in June. AT&T said the consolidation is a result of a reduction in call volumes. It is attempting to place as many of these employees in other positions in the company as possible. Those it is unable to place will receive a severance package, a representative said. – AL.com

State’s preliminary March unemployment rate 5.8 percent

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate is 5.8 percent, down from February’s rate of 6.2 percent, and below March 2016’s rate of 5.9 percent. March’s rate represents 128,757 unemployed persons, compared to 136,667 in February and 128,478 in March 2016. March’s rate represents 2,080,139 employed persons, compared to 2,067,352 in February and 2,037,370 in March 2016. – Trussville Tribune

State taken to task over crime victim info online

Crime victims are calling for personal information such as addresses and telephone numbers to be removed from Alabama's court records website. They say that information should remain private in order to keep them safe from their perpetrators. A review of Alacourt.com by The Associated Press found the full names, home addresses, telephone numbers and other information of rape victims as well as children who have been molested. – ABC3340

Federal budget changes likely to pinch Alabama

President Donald Trump's budget proposal zeroes out two programs that benefit Alabama in big ways -- Community Development Block Grants and the Appalachian Regional Commission. The money from those programs flows through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to local communities. – WHNT

Lake Martin Innovation Center has grand opening today

The Lake Martin Innovation Center will host a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting today from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. The event is open to the public and will include catered food, drinks, live music and much more.  The 17,000 square foot facility off Highway 280 in Alexander City will function as a business incubator, complete with office suites, high-speed fiber internet and co-working space targeted to professionals that work from home, travel through the area to do business or reside full-time or part-time on Lake Martin. – News release

Report: Albertson’s looking to acquire Whole Foods

The Financial Times is reporting that the Albertsons supermarket chain is eyeing organic grocery Whole Foods for acquisition. Cerberus Capital Management, which backs Albertsons, has held preliminary talks with bankers about  a bid, the paper reported. – AL.com

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