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Top News Links: Wednesday, Feb. 27

Two bills head to the House

Two bills — the Alabama Taxpayers' Bill of Rights II and a bill that would create a state-run tax credit program for historical renovations — have passed committees and will soon go to a vote in the House.  — Birmingham Business Journal

New bill protects kids

The House has passed a bill that makes it a crime to fail to report that a child is missing or has died to law enforcement officials. — The Republic

Airbus mulls added assembly line

Airbus officials are considering adding an additional assembly line for its A350 jet, maybe in Mobile? — al.com

Alabama merchandise exports reach record level

The International Trade Administration announced new data shows Alabama merchandise exports increased 9 percent in 2012, growing from $17.9 billion to $19.5 billion. — International Trade Administration PR

Unnamed developer proposes expansive retail build

A developer has proposed a retail development project at the Interstate 65/565 junction in Decatur that would involve 1.35 million square feet of retail space; some speculate the possibility of Bass Pro Shops.— al.com

New bill proposes Medicaid expansion

Democrats in the Alabama Senate have proposed a bill that would require Gov. Robert Bentley to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. — Birmingham Business Journal

Alabama Creeks see continued growth in gambling revenue

A new national study reports Alabama's Creek Indian casinos have experienced record-setting growth for the fourth consecutive year. — The Republic

Short-term loans under fire

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering action to limit the impact of short-term loans that can become “debt traps” for borrowers. — Businessweek

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