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Top News Links: Monday, Jan. 19

Bentley: ‘We have to raise some revenue’

After securing a landslide re-election victory, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley went from running on a “no new tax” campaign platform to declaring that “everything is one the table” — including higher taxes — when it comes to patching the $260+ million hole in Alabama’s General Fund Budget. “We’re going to be raising revenue,” he said recently. “Our goal is to raise revenue. We have to raise some revenue.” – Yellowhammer

Oprah descends on Selma for march

Oprah Winfrey and fellow actors from the movie "Selma" marched with hundreds Sunday ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, recalling one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights struggle. Their steps in tribute to King in Alabama came as key black members of Congress elsewhere invoked recent police shootings of young black men as evidence that reforms are needed to ensure equal justice for all. – AP/WCPO

King’s litigious children march on to court

The family feuds about money have not tarnished King’s legacy, but they have wasted opportunities to enhance it. At the end of the Selma march, King stood in front of the Alabama capital and gave one of the most deeply moving speeches of his career. But you won’t hear it in “Selma” — it’s paraphrased, painfully — because the filmmakers couldn’t get permission to use it. – Boston Globe

U.S.-Cuban talks begin this week

The Cold War between the U.S. and Cuba will begin to seriously thaw this week after more than half a century. President Barack Obama is sending the highest-level U.S. delegation in decades to the island this week in a controversial bid to normalize ties between the two former arch foes. Mobile was Cuba’s favored port for American trade before the embargo. – CNN/Alabama’s 13

Trade agreement signed with Peru

A trade memorandum signed Friday will strengthen economic ties between Alabama and Peru, setting the stage for increased cooperation between the state and the South American nation. – MadeInAlabama.com

Poll: 59 percent of GOP wants Romney

A new poll brings good news for Mitt Romney and his allies at a time when the 2012 GOP nominee faces vocal skepticism from the right about a potential third bid for president. According to a new CBS News survey, however, nearly six in 10 Republicans (59%) say they'd like to see Romney run for the White House in 2016, compared to 26% who disagree. – CNN/Alabama’s 13

Marketplace rolls up by 30,000

Alabama’s enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace has exceeded last year’s enrollment by almost 30,000. More than 126,000 Alabamians have enrolled for health coverage through the marketplace — up from about 98,000 last year. The number includes Marketplace newcomers and those who re-enrolled this year. The open enrollment period started Nov. 15 and ends Feb. 15. – Decatur Daily

Bumpy start for GD Copper USA

GD Copper USA has barely been open a year, but by most measures 2014 was a rough one: Safety regulators proposed a $36,000 fine against the company. Workers recently started a union. And now a National Labor Relations Board official will soon visit the plant in Wilcox County to sort out a series of allegations filed with the federal agency. – AL.com

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