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Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 19

Two new skirmishes in gambling wars

Gambling machines and cash impounded at VictoryLand as attorney general's team serves warrant. — Alabama Attorney General PR

AG sues to stop Poarch casino slot machine gambling

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange filed suit today in state court to prohibit slot machines in Poarch Creek casinos in Wetumpka, Montgomery and Atmore, saying the machine violate state law. — Alabama Attorney General PR

Trial looms in BP oil spill case

BP says trial inevitable in oil spill case, claiming that government claims are "excessive;" trial set next week in New Orleans. — Fuel Fix

Small businesses provide big employment

Alabama's small businesses, ranging in size from 20 to 499 employees, employed 768,302 workers in 2010, according to a report from the U.S. Small Business Administration. — Opelika Auburn News

Outlook good for Gulf of Mexico oil market

Continued and increasing oil exploration and extraction likely in Gulf of Mexico, analyst says. — Rigzone

Income up, profit down at HealthSouth

Tax expenses made for a less profitable fourth quarter at Health South, despite an increase in income. — RTT News

Walmart ups local produce sales but doesn't help small farms

Walmart has doubled its sales of local produce from 2 to 4 percent, but most business is still with farms boasting multi-million-dollar annual sales. — Kansas City Star

NASA, space and commercialization

Forbes writer ponders whether commercial space flight can reawaken public interest in space program. — Forbes

Muscle Shoals film to debut locally Feb. 27

"Muscle Shoals," the documentary on the North Alabama music industry, will make its Alabama debut Feb. 27 at the University of North Alabama. — Courier Journal

Alabama Shakes deserved better

Beauty World News ponders why Alabama Shakes was snubbed at Grammys. — Beauty World News

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