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Top News Links: Monday, Jan. 25

Bentley not calling for any new taxes

In 2015, Governor Robert Bentley proposed $541 million in new taxes to avoid budget cuts. Following almost a full calendar year of going back and forth with legislators, his appetite for new revenue has disappeared, with no plans for any new taxes. – WHNT

No more Uber at the beach

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have been vocally against the ride-sharing service Uber, and as of Friday, the Uber app is inaccessible to residents of both cities. "Since Uber came to the Gulf Coast in June, we have been welcomed by riders like you who rely on safe transportation our driver-partners provide. But the mayors and city councils of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores have ordered Uber to cease operations," Uber said in a statement. – AL.com

Adjunct instructor position created for schools

School systems can now hire instructors who aren’t certified teachers, if they meet a few other guidelines and work on a part-time basis. The adjunct instructor position was approved by the State Board of Education this month. Supporters said it will help schools hire instructors — including retired or working professionals — in hard-to-fill subject areas. – Decatur Daily

Walmart deepens discounts at closing stores

Walmart is offering an even deeper discount at locations it will be closing by the end of the month. Prices at the closing locations were reduced by 25 percent on Monday. On Friday, the discount was upped to 50 percent off. – AL.com

Joint Transportation Committee in Mobile tomorrow

The Alabama Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee is hosting regional meetings this month to gather information on Alabama’s infrastructure needs in order to maintain safe, quality roads and bridges. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the committee will be in Mobile from 10 a.m. to noon for a public hearing at the Mobile Marriott, 3101 Airport Blvd. – News release

School Choice Week begins today

National School Choice Week begins today in Alabama and across the country. There are 206 events planned in the Yellowhammer State to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 16,140 events nationwide. On Tuesday, January 26, 4,000 supporters will rally for school choice at the capitol. – BusinessWire

Alabama’s state website wins honors

The Web Marketing Association recently awarded Alabama’s official state website (www.alabama.gov) with the Outstanding Website Award in the government category during its annual WebAward Competition. Judges reviewed more than 2,000 entries from 42 countries during this year's competition, scoring entries on design, copywriting, innovation, content, interactivity, navigation and use of technology. – News release

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