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Top News Links: Thursday, July 11

State rep opts out of public office

Montgomery Republican Rep. Jay Love announced yesterday he will leave his House seat Aug. 1 for an "advocacy" role in the private sector. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Wildlife tourism draws $2 billion to Alabama

A study funded by the Environmental Defense Fund and Walton Family Foundation says wildlife tourism brings in $2 billion in Alabama, including hunting and fishing money. — Mobile Press-Register

Adtran draws analyst eye

Huntsville network equipment maker Adtran draws Businessweek analysis after lag in European market disturbed revenues and knocked stock prices. — Businessweek

Scrushy to get his say

HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy will be allowed to respond to the Securities and Exchange Commission and officials of his former company, both of which would prevent him from ever heading a healthcare company again, a federal court judge ruled yesterday. — Birmingham News

Carr Riggs & Ingram moves into North Carolina market

Enterprise-based CPA firm Carr Riggs & Ingram has acquired Pittard Perry & Crone, giving the Alabama firm 10 offices in North Carolina. — Birmingham Business Journal

Huntsville: great place to be a science or math person

Website NerdWallet has picked Huntsville as the third best place in the country for science, engineering and math graduates, saying at least 20 percent of the city's jobs require a STEM degree and the average salary is more than $90,000 a year. (Read the study) — Huntsville Times

Tuscaloosa church reopens Sunday

Tuscaloosa's Central Church of Christ, destroyed in the 2011 tornadoes while four students rode out the storm in a closet, will reopen Sunday after a $5 million rebuild project designed by Williams Blackstock Architects and built by B.L. Harbert International. — Birmingham News

Working to sideline sports injuries

Preventing sports injuries and helping athletes recover when injuries occur will be the subject of a study conducted by Birmingham's National Center for Sports Safety and the University of Georgia. — Birmingham News

UAB picks leaders for campaign

University of Alabama at Birmingham has picked local business leaders Johnny Johns of Protective Life, Theresa Bruno of THB Inc. and Mike Warren of Children's of Alabama to lead what they describe as the largest fundraising campaign in the school's history. — Birmingham News

Power talks

As Georgia utility regulators consider a proposal to require more solar power options, Georgia Power's contract for power from an Alabama Power plant is in flux. — Florida Times-Union

Business group endorses judges

The Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee, a business coalition formed to protect business from lawsuits, has endorsed five incumbent appellate judges facing election. — WNCF-TV

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