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Top News Links: Monday, Feb. 23

AEA moves toward dismissing Mabry

The Alabama Education Association, which represents about 95,000 Alabama teachers, took steps this weekend toward letting executive secretary Henry Mabry go. Mabry took over leadership of the organization from long-time leader Paul Hubbert. — AP/Tuscaloosa News

Walmart wage increase boosts hopes for other low-pay workers

Walmart’s announcement Thursday that it will boost wages to at least $9 an hour for all its workers is raising hopes that other low-pay jobs may see an increase. — AP/Tuscaloosa News

No vote planned on tax increases

Gov. Robert Bentley says his $700 million tax plan does not need voter approval. He plans to outline the plan in his State of the State address March 3. — Montgomery Advertiser

Gambling in Alabama

Political intrigue is as much a part of Alabama’s gambling story as the questions about electronic bingo machines. — Montgomery Advertiser

Appalachia still lags, commission reports

Fifty years after the advent of the Appalachian Regional Commission, the region it serves — including Alabama — still trails other parts of the nation in education, health and economic standards, the commission reports. — AP/AL.com

Stifel considering Sterne Agee purchase

Reuters reports that St. Louis-based Stifel Financial Corp. is in talks to purchase Birmingham-based Sterne Agee, but neither firm confirmed the news. — Reuters

State Republicans chastise Bentley over proposed tax increase

Gov. Bentley's own party members passed a resolution this weekend criticizing the governor's call for a $700 million tax increase, which website Yellowhammer calls "a rare public rebuke of a party's own sitting governor."  — Yellowhammer News

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