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Top News Links: Monday, Aug. 17

Alabama Port Authority’s wages scrutinized

The Alabama Port Authority's top 25 highest paid employees received more than $3.1 million last year. That's about $126,898 per employee – or a little more than five times Alabama's per capita income in 2013. None of these employees collected OT. Alabama Port Authority executive director James Lyon is the state agency's highest-paid employee. He received $287,639 last year, a figure he says compares to other Gulf Coast port directors. – AL.com

Civil rights leader Julian Bond dies at 75

In the late 1960s, civil rights leader Julian Bond was such a compelling figure that he was talked about as one day becoming the first black president of the United States. Charismatic and eloquent, he had numerous key accomplishments, including co-founding the landmark Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and leading numerous protests. Bond, 75, died Saturday in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. – LATimes

Hubbard trial motions to be heard today

There will be a hearing in House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s trial today. Prosecutors and Hubbard’s lawyers differ on what should come up. “It will be on (prosecutorial) misconduct, privilege issues and discovery,” said Hubbard attorney Mark White on Friday. But prosecutors argued in a filing on July 31 that the “only substantive motions” needing consideration are subpoenas sent by Hubbard’s team to the Alabama Ethics Commission. – Montgomery Advertiser

Bentley to endorse Kasich for president

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley will endorse fellow Republican Governor John Kasich of Ohio for president Monday, sources with knowledge of the matter said. Kasich, 63, will accept Bentley’s backing at a press conference at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham, said the sources, who requested anonymity before the announcement. – Bloomberg

Luckie & Company wins three tourism awards

Luckie & Company was recently honored with three awards at the annual Alabama Governor’s Conference on Tourism, held in Mobile. These awards were presented to Luckie by the Alabama Tourism Partnership and the Alabama Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (AADMO). – News release

Angus R. Cooper III named AWF president

Angus R. Cooper, III of Mobile was recently installed as President of the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) for the 2015-2016 term at the organization’s Annual Meeting on August 8, 2015. Cooper has served on the AWF Board of Directors for eleven years and brings to AWF a steadfast commitment to the conservation of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources. – News release

Snead State, JSU partner for cybersecurity ed

Snead State Community College and Jacksonville State University have partnered to expand cybersecurity education for industrial systems, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation. “As our nation’s infrastructure becomes more integrated with computer systems, the need for cybersecurity in all areas – commerce, industry and infrastructure – becomes even greater,” said Snead State Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jason Watts. – News release

McWane demolishing north Birmingham plant

McWane Industries' first manufacturing facility is being demolished. McWane – headquartered in Birmingham and one of the largest private manufacturers of iron water works and plumbing products in the world – employed 500 people at its flagship plant as recently as 2007. In 2010, McWane announced it would be idling its North Birmingham water-pipe plant, putting 117 people out of work. – AL.com

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