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Top News Links: Wednesday, Feb. 6

Governor calls for teacher raises

Expecting more money in state schools' coffers. Gov. Robert Bentley called for teacher raises this year in his State of the State address Tuesday, saying he hoped it would mark the beginning of "greater and more frequent raises." — Anniston Star

State claims against BP could push oil spill totals over $90 billion

Adding in claims from Alabama and its neighboring Gulf Coast states, BP could be facing more than $90 billion in damage claims and criminal penalties. — Financial Times

Alabama's oldest credit union merging

Milestone Credit Union in Birmingham, which grew out of the Birmingham Post Office Credit Union, is merging with the much larger Alabama Credit Union in Tuscaloosa; Milestone branches to remain open. — Credit Union Times

Huntsville worries about effects of military spending cuts

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says many in his city are in delay patterns, waiting to hear how deeply military spending curtailment will cut into current and proposed projects. — Huntsville Times

Alabama ranks third for savings rates

In a national ranking of interest rates for savings accounts by Go Banking Rates, Alabama ranks third, with an average rate of 0.29 percent, following Oklahoma (0.34) and Rhode Island (0.32).  — Dayton (Ohio) Business Journal

Wind farm planned near Gadsden

A Texas company, Pioneer Green Energy, has announced plans for a wind turbine farm in Cherokee and Etowah counties, near Gadsden. TVA announced in late January that it hopes to buy wind power from the farms. — Birmingham Business Journal; Clean Energy Footprints

Criminal investigation launched over state website hacking

WSFA is reporting that the Alabama Department of Homeland Security is investigating cyber attacks on the state's criminal justice system and information services division websites. — WAFF-TV

Governor announces $397 million road and bridge project list

Gov. Robert Bentley's office has issued a list of 302 road and bridge projects, valued at $397 million, to be funded this year. — al.com

Public meeting tonight on ALDOT plans for U.S. 280 in Mountain Brook

The Alabama Department of Transportation will present revised plans for U.S. 280 to the public tonight, looking for ways to alleviate traffic congestion in Mountain Brook. — al.com

Public TV plans business show

Alabama Public Television plans to air a new show about Alabama business produced by the University of Alabama. — al.com 

Millard expands warehouse, adds employees

Millard Refrigerated Services in Attalla has added 110,000 square feet of refrigerated warehouse and distribution space and is adding seven more employees. — Area Development

EDPA seeks executive director

The website for the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama includes a "help wanted" notice, seeking a new executive director for the organization. — EDPA

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