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Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 4

Vote next week on UAW’s role at VW

In a move being closely watched by Alabama’s automotive industry, a vote has been set for next week on whether the United Auto Workers union will represent employees at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee. – al.com

Judge to rule soon on state’s school tax credits

A federal judge said he will rule soon on whether to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new Alabama law that provides tax credits to families who move their children from failing public schools to private schools. –Tribtown.com

Supremes asked to stay out of water rights battle

Attorneys for the state of Georgia have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay out of the latest legal battle in its 24-year fight over water rights with neighboring Florida. – JCFloridian.com

PARCA: Alabama workforce has weak underbelly

Alabama was facing a workforce crisis in 2007 before the last recession hit and it will face one again if enough isn’t done before the economy returns to its former heights, according to the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama. – Birmingham News

Ice storms a bad bet for casinos

Dr. Semoon Chang of the Gulf Coast Center for Impact Studies has released a report that estimates that the Mobile County Commission lost approximately $185,000 in sales tax revenue during the recent ice storm, while Gulf Coast casinos, which would expect to make approximately $84 million during January, face losses of $7 million. – Semoonchang.com

M&N makes federal case out of quarry battle

M&N Materials, which won a $5 million judgment against the town of Gurley in 2011 to build a quarry nearby only to see the decision reversed by the Alabama Supreme Court, has filed a related lawsuit in federal court. – al.com

Hyundai has its best January for sales

Hyundai Motor America today reported its best January in company history, selling 44,005 units for the month, up less than one percent versus the same period last year. – PRnewswire.com

CPSI reports healthy fourth quarter

Computer Programs & Systems reported fourth quarter EPS of $0.90 after the bell Thursday, compared to $0.83 in the previous year. Full year 2014 EPS is expected to be between $3.25 and $3.40. The consensus estimate is for EPS of $2.99. – NASDAQ.com

Fayette Fabrication newest link in auto supply chain

Fayette Fabrication has officially become the newest player in the auto manufacturing supply world and what Fayette officials are hoping will be the start of a business rebirth in West Alabama. – Tuscaloosa News

Accounting firms merge to form JamisonMoneyFarmer

Alabama-based JamisonMoneyFarmer PC and Jessup, Ingram, Burns & Associates, LLP have merged. Terms were not disclosed, but the combined accounting firm will operate under the JamisonMoneyFarmer PC name.  In addition, a related company Capstone Wealth Management, LLC is also joining the JamisonMoneyFarmer family of companies and will continue to operate as Capstone Wealth Management, LLC.  – JMF.com

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