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Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 25

Jeff Tomko new chief of Honda plant April 1

Honda's automotive manufacturing plant in Lincoln will soon have new leadership. Jeff Tomko will be Honda Manufacturing of Alabama's new president, responsible for all operations at the Lincoln plant, according to a Monday news release. Tomko, current senior vice president at HMA and an operation leader responsible for all vehicle and engine production at the plant, will replace HMA President Tom Shoupe. – Anniston Star

Eissmann Automotive adding 120 jobs in Pell City

Eissmann Automotive North America Inc. will create 120 more new jobs this year. – Dailyhome.com

Five-store invasion: Rouses opening at Gulf

Rouses Market at 1545 Gulf Shores Pkwy. will open its doors officially at 8 a.m. Wednesday ending the family-owned and operated grocery chain’s rapid-fire, five-store entry to the Alabama market. – al.com

Decatur man makes recycling a moneymaker

Bill O'Brien was reducing, reusing and recycling before it was the cool thing to do. And now, Container Recycling on Cockrell Avenue in Decatur is a multimillion-dollar family business. – Decatur Daily

Take this money, buy some beans and fatback

Any more money for the Department of Corrections will come with specific instructions on its use. Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund chair Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said Thursday that lawmakers were working on additional funding for the hard-pressed department, which for years has dealt with overcrowding and a lack of staffing. – South Union Street blog

Small Business Alliance meeting Thursday in Huntsville

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center will host its first Small Business Alliance meeting of 2014 Thursday at the Davidson Center of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Some 450 businesses are expected to attend to hear more about doing business with the space agency. Onsite registration begins at 7 a.m., and the meeting will adjourn at 12:30 p.m. – al.com

Senate ponders more power for counties

A state constitutional amendment that would allow Alabama’s counties limited control over their own affairs will get a hearing before a committee in the state Senate Tuesday. – Anniston Star

No surprise file: Top 1 percent do well in Bama

Incomes in Alabama have increased over the last three decades, but at a much faster rate for the top 1 percent of earners, according to a new report. According to the Economic Policy Institute, income in the state grew on average 33.7 percent from 1979 to 2007. However, the top 1 percent had a disproportionate share of that growth at 44 .9 percent. The wealthiest 1 percent saw their income grow 158.8 percent from 1979 to 2007, which ranks Alabama No. 27th in the US. – Bizjournals.com

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