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Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 19

Airbnb may soon be paying taxes in Alabama

The state of Alabama says a California-based tech company will soon pay taxes in the state. Airbnb has agreed to being paying taxes on March 1. The company provides an online place to list, find and rent short-term lodging. – WTVA

Huntsville-based Intrepid wins $57.5M contract

Intrepid has been awarded a $57.5 million cost-plus-fixed-fee level-of-effort task order providing technical assistance and analytical support to the Studies and Analysis Division of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Future Warfare Center in support of all aspects of Army Analysis. – RealEstateRama.com

ServisFirst to open new HQ in Homewood by 2018

ServisFirst Bank will open its new headquarters on Woodcrest Drive in Homewood in early 2018. The 100,000-square-foot building will house the 140 workers, and by the time of the move ServisFirst plans to add 50 more jobs. The four-story building has the capacity to hold up to 440 workers. – AL.com

Bromberg & Co. celebrating 180th year in business

Bromberg & Company Inc. is celebrating its 180th year in business as a retailer of fine jewelry. The company first opened in 1836 in Mobile only 17 years after Alabama achieved statehood. Bromberg's operates at two retail locations—Mountain Brook Village in Mountain Brook and The Summit in Birmingham. – Benzinga

Lawmakers vote to repeal city ‘speed cars’

Lawmakers are taking a tough look at Montgomery’s speed cars, and they don’t like what they see. The Senate voted Thursday to repeal the law that lets the city operate the cars. This has been a big frustration for many in the city, and senators say it’s time to end this relatively new practice. Speed cars are unmanned police cruisers equipped with speed cameras in heavily trafficked areas. – AlabamaNewsNew.com

Alabama developer aims for Atlanta project

While a steady stream of mixed-use developments have cropped up north of Atlanta in the last few years, the south side of the Perimeter has yet to see significant investment, beyond the occasional major movie studio. But now RCP Companies — an Alabama-based developer — is aiming to change that. – AtlantaCurbed.com

Feds clear 45 million acres for gulf oil leasing

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today announced it will offer approximately 45 million acres for oil and gas exploration and development in the Gulf of Mexico in two March lease sales. Central Planning Area Lease Sale 241 and Eastern Planning Area Lease Sale 226 will be held consecutively in New Orleans on March 23. – OilVoice.com

TVA may sell unfinished nuclear plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority said Wednesday that it is considering whether to sell its unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, started in 1974 in northeast Alabama and mothballed for the past 28 years without ever producing any electricity. – AP/PennEnergy.com

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