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Top News Links: Thursday, Feb. 25

Educator says school virtual funding bill not clear

A north Alabama school superintendent said Wednesday that state law regarding virtual schools needs to be clarified to allow state funding to follow the students. “If we educate them fully, we feel like we should get the funding for them,” Athens City Schools Superintendent Trey Holladay said. – Decatur Daily

Birmingham, Legislature in race over minimum wage

Birmingham Mayor William Bell on Wednesday signed an ordinance implementing a $10.10 minimum wage in the city. Meanwhile, a bill intended to block Birmingham and other cities from passing their own minimum wages is making its way through the state Senate. It won approval in a committee and could get final passage as early as today. – AL.com

Analysis: With Alabama’s help, Trump wins nomination

Eight months ago, business magnate and reality television star Donald Trump shocked the nation by declaring his candidacy in the United States presidential race. Throughout the twists and turns that have followed, Trump’s lead has remained nearly unshakeable. In a mere three weeks, Trump will shock Americans once more, when he secures an inevitable path to the Republican nomination. – The Hill

Buy Alabama’s Best campaign kicks off

At the 10th annual kickoff of the Buy Alabama's Best campaign -- designed to educate consumers on products made in the state -- it was noted that people are becoming more and more interested in who grows their food. "It's a big deal," John McMillan, commissioner of agriculture and industries, said Wednesday at the Capitol City Club, where retailers, whole sellers and manufacturers from throughout the state gathered. – Montgomery Advertiser

New wave of tax credits available for employers

As much as $85,932,400 in tax credits have been released to participating employers due to congressional re-authorization of the federally funded WOTC program, which provides incentives to businesses to hire individuals who have historically faced barriers to employment. Examples of WOTC eligible employees include: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families recipients, Food Stamp recipients, youth, ex-felons, Supplemental Security Income recipients, veterans, and those with disabilities, among others. – News release

Prison construction bill expected next week

Gov. Robert Bentley said at a press conference Tuesday he expected sponsors to file a bill to issue up to $800 million in bonds to build the prisons this week. The governor and other supporters have touted the plan as a way to save the state money while addressing the system’s overcrowding issues, a major factor in violence at many facilities. – Montgomery Advertiser

Rural Sourcing Inc. names director for Mobile

Rural Sourcing Inc., a provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, announced today the selection of Trey Sparks as the new director for the company's software development center in Mobile. Sparks most recently served as director of Information Technology for Pilot Catastrophe Services. – News release

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