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Top News Links: Wednesday, April 19

Governor rolls back Bentley plan on Strange

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday moved up to December the election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions after he was named attorney general, saying that the original plan to hold the election in late 2018 was not soon enough to meet state law. Bentley had appointed Republican Luther Strange in February to fill the seat Sessions held before joining President Donald Trump's cabinet. – Reuters

House votes to profit on fantasy sports betting

The state House of Representatives has voted to allow fantasy sports betting in Alabama. The bill passed 43-38 Tuesday after hours of debate about whether the wagering falls under the state’s anti-gambling laws. The measure would tax a portion of the operator’s profits for the state. – AP/WIAT

Rainbow City bank manager accidentally shoots himself

Residents in Rainbow City are mourning the loss of a well-known bank manager who died Monday morning after apparently accidentally shooting himself. Chris Daniel, 54, typically carried a firearm at the Exchange Bank. Authorities said surveillance video from inside the bank shows what appears to be Daniel startled by something. As he walked, he tripped, and his gun went off. – Guns.com

Regions year-over-year income up 8 percent

Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE:RF) on Tuesday reported a net income available to common shareholders from continuing operations of $278 million for the first quarter, an increase of 8 percent from the first quarter of 2016. That stays level with the last quarter of 2016, when Region also reported $278 million for the same measure. – AL.com

Walgreens adding 150 call jobs in Muscle Shoals

Pharmacy giant Walgreens is adding 150 new jobs at its high-tech customer contact center in Muscle Shoals, pushing the total workforce at the Northwest Alabama facility to around 600, officials announced today. Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens, the second largest U.S. pharmacy chain, is seeking to fill the customer care advisor positions at the center immediately. – Made In Alabama

Boeing gives $150,000 to cancer care in Alabama

Boeing and its employees are giving $150,000 to cancer research and a patient transportation program in Alabama, the aerospace company announced Tuesday. The gift will support $100,000 in kidney cancer research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Comprehensive Cancer Center and Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Center for Biotechnology. It also provides $50,000 for a patient transportation program. – AL.com

New York AG nets $40M tax settlement in Harbert case

The state has reached a record $40 million settlement with an Alabama-based investment firm over whistleblower allegations that millions of dollars in taxes on performance income from a New York-based hedge fund sponsored by the firm were never paid. In a statement Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called the actions of Harbert Management Corp. a "brazen and deliberate decision to avoid paying millions in taxes." – New York Law Journal

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