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Top News Links: Thursday, Aug. 27

Wal-Mart to stop selling AR-15 rifles

Wal-Mart will stop selling the AR-15 rifle and other semi-automatic weapons at its stores because fewer people are buying them, a spokesman said Wednesday. The AR-15 rifles and other modern sporting rifles were being sold at less than a third of the company's 4,600 U.S. stores. Versions of the AR-15 are among the firearms being produced at Remington Outdoor’s new plant in Huntsville. – AL.com

State senator says constituents want budget fixed

Sen. Clyde Chambliss said Tuesday he’s had six “contacts” from constituents who want the General Fund budget cut, regardless of the circumstances. But 500 have contacted him asking for a fix, even if it means tax increases. “They are telling me overwhelmingly to fix the budget, even if it takes a little bit of pain on my part,” the Prattville Republican said at a news conference in the State House. – Montgomery Advertiser

Buy Alabama’s Best launches for food awareness

The 2015 Buy Alabama’s Best campaign launched Wednesday, an initiative to increase awareness and sales of Alabama food products, as well as raise money for charities fighting childhood cancers. The campaign is a partnership between the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and the Alabama Grocers Association. – Yellowhammer

Drivers license office cuts a voter rights issue?

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said Monday that proposed budget cuts would force it to close all but four driver's license offices, even though the state requires government-issued photo identification, like a driver's license, to vote in elections. The 45 other locations would be closed in phases, the agency said, if the Republican-controlled state legislature were to pass the kind of "drastic" budget cuts it's now considering. – Huffington Post

Athens residents turn down tax hike for schools

Athens residents continued a statewide trend Tuesday by voting against new property taxes for public schools. According to complete, but unofficial returns, the proposed 12-mill tax increase that would have funded $74 million in capital projects failed 3,368 votes to 1,924. – Decatur Daily

Austal Limited revenue up 26 percent over last year

Australian Stock Exchange listed shipbuilder Austal Limited on Wednesday reported a record profit. Net Profit After Tax was AUD 53.2 million, a 66.8 percent increase on FY2014. Austal's best result in its 27-year history was generated from revenue of AUD 1.41 billion, a 26.0 percent increase on FY2014, achieved from multiple vessel programs, including major navy defense and patrol boat programs for the U.S, Navy, Australian Border Force and the Royal Navy of Oman. – Marine Log

Another view: Robots don’t want your job

Are robots displacing millions of workers? Many people seem to think so. Recently, for instance, the New York Times ran an op-ed claiming that “the machines are getting smarter, and they're coming for more and more jobs.” Likewise the Wall Street Journal sounded the alarm that “robots are taking over corporate finance departments.” It's a scary story. But, first of all, it's not new. Second, although robots are “coming for” some jobs, that fact does not explain the current economic situation. Robots are a distraction from very real problems. – LA Times/CEPR

Ted Cruz invokes Reagan during Tuscaloosa visit

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas believes 2016 will see a conservative campaign similar to the one that resulted in Ronald Reagan winning the White House in the 1980s. “I believe the way we will win in 2016 is to follow Ronald Reagan’s admonition that we paint not in pale pastels, but in bold colors,” Cruz told Republicans in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday night. – Tuscaloosa News

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