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Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 14

Hubbard breezes to second term as speaker

Auburn Republican Mike Hubbard was overwhelmingly elected to a second term as Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Tuesday, a few months after his indictment on public corruption charges. – Montgomery Advertiser

George Wallace Jr.: ‘Selma’ a work of fiction

The movie “Selma” suggests that my father ordered troopers to beat participants in a nighttime civil rights march while television cameras were absent, which is pure, unadulterated fiction. Nor do I recall him ever making mention of a “mongrel” race that would result if segregation were ended. The truth and facts simply do not fit the image of my father that Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt wish to promote, so the producers needlessly changed history in order to tell what was an already compelling story in “Selma.” – Yellowhammer News

Opinion: Finish the ASU financial audit

If the $500,000 extension of the contract with the forensic auditing firm investigating Alabama State University's financial practices will conclude this painfully long process and produce some definitive answers, it will be a justified expenditure of the taxpayers' money. The issues involved are that important. – Montgomery Advertiser

Birmingham mayor still wants dome

Even with the loss of UAB football, challenges at Legion Field and a half-billion dollar price tag, the city of Birmingham remains poised for partnerships to build a domed stadium, Mayor William Bell said today. Bell delivered his annual state of the city address during the downtown Kiwanis Club, where he gave a detailed review of recent successes, outlined an agenda of future projects, and hinted at other developments. – AL.com

Locker Room to relocate next year

The founder and owner of the Locker Room, a long-time clothier on the Strip, plans to relocate after the end of next year's football season. Alex Gatewood, who opened the Locker Room more than 50 years ago, said he is being forced to move by CVS, which signed a contract for the property at 1218 University Blvd. late last year. – Tuscaloosa News

Throwing canned goods at shooters

When is a can of beans more than just a can of beans? When it's a weapon of self-defense for students to throw at an armed intruder who has just entered their school. That's one scenario Valley, Alabama, officials are considering as part of their training to respond to school shootings. – CNN.com

Mobile inks $11M tech contract

Tyler Technologies Inc. has signed a seven-year software-as-a-service contract with the city of Mobile for an integrated suite of Tyler software solutions to replace the city’s 30-year-old system. The agreement, valued at approximately $11 million, includes hosting services, related services and support. – BusinessWire

Plan looks to double state-grown produce in schools

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is partnering with the Food Bank of North Alabama, Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama State Department of Education and local schools to increase access to Alabama-grown produce in school cafeterias. The Farm to School program is authorized under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and is funded in part by a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded in 2014. – SoutheastAg.net

Conde Rice tees off on Democrats, schools

Alabama native and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently vented on Fox News about her opinion that liberal Democrats and their teachers unions allies are racist because they oppose school choice, which Rice called America’s “biggest civil rights issue.” “Poor black kids trapped in failing neighborhoods schools, that’s the biggest race problem of today,” she said. Republicans have championed the Alabama Accountability Act, which allows Alabama children to transfer out of failing public schools. – Yellowhammer

Town meeting set on European trade

The Birmingham Business Alliance and Export Alabama Alliance will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday, Jan. 21, on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership being negotiated between the European Union and the United States and its local implications. The free session will be from 8:15 to 11 a.m. at Birmingham Business Alliance, 505 20th St. N., Suite 200, and registration is required. – News release

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