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Top News Links: Monday, July 14

Bentley looks to tax increases

Gov. Robert Bentley’s opposition to new state taxes during his first term could change in a second term. “We are looking at all possibilities right now for the next four years because we have to. That’s my job,” Bentley said in an interview. – AP

Team Bama’s first day at Farnborough

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley talked with several key aerospace executives during opening receptions for the 2014 Farnborough International Air Show near London on Sunday. An estimated 90 civic and business leaders from across the state have converged on the global aerospace trade show and exposition. – AL.com

Vulcan names J. Thomas Hill CEO

Vulcan Materials Co., the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, today announced that the company's Board of Directors has named J. Thomas Hill president and CEO and elected him to the board. – WSJ

David DuBose, Cox Media drop suits

Former Cox Media Group and Summit Media executive David DuBose and Cox have dismissed their lawsuits against each other with prejudice.  Attorneys for both parties filed a stipulation asking the U.S. District Court to dismiss DuBose's suit and Cox's counterclaim. – All Access

Korean exchange program bridges gaps

With a 14-hour time disparity, the difference between Alabama and Korea is literally night and day. The Alabama-Korea Education and Economic Partnership is working to bridge that gap. The nonprofit organization was formed in 2011 as a student exchange. – Montgomery Advertiser

Rising gas supply drives out bulls

Twelve weeks of above-average gains in U.S. natural gas supply are easing concern over winter fuel shortages and spurring speculators to cut their bets on rising prices. Hedge funds reduced net-long positions by 8.1 percent in the week ended July 8, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission says. – Bloomberg

NBC investigates Renosol complaints

Denise Bernett was thankful seven years ago when she started a job at the Renosol Seating plant, one of 90 hourly workers making foam cushions for Hyundai car seats and headrests. But in early 2013, Bernett and other workers began developing respiratory problems. – NBC News

Dunn, Beeker face off in Tuesday runoff

It’s not often that an incumbent finds himself against a good chunk of his party’s establishment. But that’s exactly where Public Service Commissioner Terry Dunn finds himself before Tuesday’s Republican runoff for his seat. – Montgomery Advertiser

Mississipi claim muddies state waters

Since July 2013, Mississippi has claimed its state waters extend nine miles south into the Gulf of Mexico. The federal government refuses to recognize the declaration, standing by a 1960 U.S. Supreme Court decision that determined the offshore boundary for Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama was three miles out. At stake is Gulf states’ control of lucrative fishing rights and revenue from oil and gas production in near-offshore waters. – Clarion Ledger

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