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Top News Links: Thursday, Jan. 29

Bill filed to combine state’s two main funds

A north Alabama lawmaker has pre-filed legislation that would combine the state’s tax revenues into one fund, and then divvy the money up among the General Fund and Education Trust Fund. The bill from Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, would create the Alabama Recurring Revenue Fund. Revenue that currently flows into the General Fund and Education Trust Fund would be diverted to it. – Decatur Daily

Todd: Marital fidelity remark yielded death threats

Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) expanded on the threat she made over the weekend in a Facebook update to out marital infidelities of straight anti-gay politicians who threatened to derail marriage equality in the state. “It’s pretty common knowledge in Montgomery that legislators have had affairs with different people [working for them]…clerks, office staff, that sort of thing.” She also said the response to her threat has both “shut down” the rhetoric and, alarmingly, also inspired “death threats” against her. – Huffington Post

United Launch Alliance contract now at $4B

United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), has received a $383 million contract modification to deliver additional launch vehicle production services to the U.S. Air Force. The modification also brings the total contract value to $4.08 billion. ULA will perform the work in Colorado, Alabama, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida through August 2017. – GovConWire.com

Fed to stay ‘patient’ on interest rates

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday repeated that it will remain "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, and said the U.S. economy is on track despite turmoil in other markets around the world. – Reuters

Walter Energy coal production down

Walter Energy Inc., a coal producer based in Alabama, has decreased production from the five coal mines it operates in West Virginia and Alabama. According to an SNL Energy analysis of U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data, reported production from Walter's five currently active coal mines was down 7.8% to 2.14 million tons in the fourth quarter. The decline in production follows a persistently weak pricing environment for met coal. – SNL Energy

State judges reminded of federal role

The federal judge who struck down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban wrote Wednesday that the state’s probate judges must issue same-sex marriage licenses should a state appeal of her decision fail. The Alabama Probate Judges Association over the weekend issued a statement telling members that they were not required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples should U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade’s decision go into effect. – Montgomery Advertiser

Wind Creek food truck rocks first year

"Good to Go," the state-of-the-art food truck owned and operated by Wind Creek Hospitality will wrap up its inaugural year after having prepared more than 55,000 pounds of food, fed 21,201 people, distributed nearly 33,000 pounds of food to area food banks, and benefited local growers and purveyors by using nearly 7,000 pounds of locally produced products. PRNewswire

Mother, daughter now in cocoa business

The cocoa business wasn't their plan. Anne Jordan Reynolds was a human sexuality professor at Auburn Montgomery, and her daughter, Stephanie Reynolds, was being encouraged to become a lawyer like her father. But vacation time in Haiti when Stephanie was just 16 took them to a place of not only beautiful waters and people, but later, opportunity, culture and a commitment to help rebuild a ravaged community. – Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama Telco now Avadian Credit Union

Alabama Telco Credit Union has officially changed its name to Avadian Credit Union. The change, according to a company statement, is not the result of a merger or buyout but rather a response to its growing membership base. Avian Credit Union looks forward to “reaching more people and creating a greater awareness of the benefits of banking with a credit union,” the release states. – News release

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