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Top News Links: Friday, August 10

Protestors voice concerns over proposed strip mine

Individuals speaking at state hearing about proposed Reed Minerals mine expressed worries about the effect on the region and drinking water; city leader praises mine for expected jobs. — My Fox AL TV

Alabama among highest sales tax states

The Tax Foundation ranks Alabama 8th among states for its sales taxes, which average 8.37 percent. — Birmingham Business Journal

Alabama blasted for toxic air

The Natural Resources Defense Council has ranked Alabama 14th worst among states for the level of air pollution and mercury from coal-fired generating plant, but emissions actually declined. — Tuscaloosa News

Infosys faces second whistleblower suit over visas

A second employee has filed suit against Infosys, claiming he was harassed after pointing out possible misuse of visas; Alabamian Jack Palmer filed a similar suit, which is slated for trial August 20. — Reuters

Contractors fret over hospital decision

A court decision that Trinity Medical Center could not move to the suburbs worries contractors who might be losing construction work, association official says. — Birmingham Business Journal

Successful test flight for spy blimp

A blimp-like aircraft designed to hover and keep watch over what's below made its first test flight in New Jersey yesterday; the blimp was developed for the Army Space and Missile Command in Huntsville. — Huntsville Times

Cooper named to Iberiabank board

Angus Cooper, chairman and CEO of Mobile-based Cooper/T Smith has been named to the board of directors of Iberiabank. — Iberiabank

$1.6 million update for Hotel Capstone

Tuscaloosa's Hotel Capstone is launching a major update focusing on guest bathrooms and a new lounge area. — Tuscaloosa News

ALDOT earmarks funds for med school roads

The Alabama Department of Transportation has earmarked $2 million to build access roads to the new Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine under construction in Dothan. — Dothan Eagle

USDA to help Uniontown fix sewage system

After seven years of struggling to contain sewage spills, 1,700-resident Uniontown wins $4.8 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help fix the system. — Tuscaloosa News

Not so bright outlook at BASF

BASF has announced plans to stop production of brighteners used in photo paper and laundry detergent; move will idle 45 of 600 employees at McIntosh plant. — Mobile Press-Register

Gadsden firm acquired

Gadsden Llimb and Brace has been acquired by Hanger Inc. of Austin, Texas, which also has a clinic in Gadsden. — Gadsden Times

Sales drop, wholesalers cut stock

Wholesalers across the nation are cutting their stock as consumer purchases drop. — Miami Herald

Reflections on charter schools

Analyst reviews reasons Alabama is moving slowly on the concept of charter schools. — Washington Post, reprinted from Birmingham News

Reflections on demise of white Southern Democrats

Georgia writer reviews Wall Street Journal article. — Peach Pundit

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