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Top News Links: Friday, August 24

TVA responsible for 2008 coal ash spill

A federal judge in eastern Tennessee ruled that the Tennessee Valley Authority is responsible for a massive coal ash spill and resulting damages. — Nashville Tennessean

If Isaac comes, governor stays

Gov. Robert Bentley, who has plans to attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa, said today he'll stay home if Isaac, now a tropical storm, gets stronger and continues on its current path toward Mobile Bay. — WAKA Montgomery

Trust Fund board divided on voting plans

Alabama voters must decide Sept. 18 whether to raid the state savings account to pay current bills; Gov. Robert Bentley encourages a yes vote, while directors of the Alabama Trust Fund said they are undecided or opposed, but relieved at the possibility of new legislation requiring that the money be repaid. — Birmingham News

Alabama gets grant to restore longleaf pine

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has given Alabama $874,327 to help restore the once-dominant longleaf pine forests; part of a $5.7 million grant program to restore endangered species and habitats. — Birmingham News

Dothan ranked fifth for big bucks lawyers

Lawyers in Dothan have a median salary over $170,000, ranking them fifth among all U.S. cities in a report from Business Insider, which offers no explanation as to why the Dothan lawyer income is some $57,000 higher than the U.S. average. — al.com

AUM to offer health worker classes

AUM has teamed with Boston Reed College, a private California school, to offer classes in medical assisting, phlebotomy and pharmacy technician beginning next month. — AUM PR

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