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Top News Links: Thursday, July 2

Gov. Bentley announces settlement of BP oil spill litigation

Gov. Robert Bentley and the Alabama Attorney General’s Office announced today that the State of Alabama has reached a landmark agreement in principle with BP for damages caused by the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alabama will receive more than $2 billion in total, which will include compensation for economic losses resulting from the spill, natural resource damages, and an apportionment of Clean Water Act civil fines and penalties. – Fox10tv.com

Here’s what the 2015 Legislature has done so far

Although the Alabama Legislature passed a record-setting, $6 billion Education Trust Fund budget, the issue that pervaded the entire session was the always anemic General Fund budget, which funds almost all non–education-related activities of the state. – JDSupra.com

Co-owner of Avondale Brewing sues brother

One of the brothers who own Avondale Brewing Company is suing the other in a dispute over ownership of that business and another. Hunter Lake filed a lawsuit Friday in Jefferson County Circuit Court against his brother, Coby Lake, and the brewing company, of which they are both owners. – AL.com

Airbus partners with AAA Aerospace USA

Airbus has selected AAA Aerospace USA Inc. to provide various services for its U.S. Manufacturing Facility at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, officials confirmed Wednesday. The Montgomery-based on-site manufacturing company offers subcontracting services for aircrafts and aircraft elements and is part of the larger AAA Group, servicing the United States, Asia and Europe. – AL.com

Alabama lawmaker Dan Williams dies at 73

An Alabama lawmaker who once served as mayor of Athens has died at the age of 73. District 5 Rep. Dan Williams died Wednesday morning. Williams announced that he had been diagnosed with leukemia in February. His son, Daniel Williams, said the lawmaker was at home when he died and plans haven't been finalized for his funeral. – AP/WBRC

Montgomery revenue commissioner in hot water over Facebook

Some Montgomery County leaders are reacting to an alleged Facebook post made by an elected official. County Revenue Commissioner, Janet Buskey, is accused of calling Republicans "clowns,” and that's not the only comment she made on her personal social media page. – WSFA

Cadence Bank closes three branches in state

Cadence Bank closed three Alabama branches last week, citing changing consumer habits. The branches closing are in Pelham on Huntley Parkway, Northport on McFarland Boulevard and in the Jones Valley area of Huntsville. – BizJournals.com

Bentley signs Healthy Food Financing Act

Governor Robert Bentley signed the Healthy Food Financing Act into law Wednesday as child advocates, public health advocates, and business leaders joined him to commemorate the legislation. In signing the bill, Governor Bentley said, "It is important for all Alabamians to have access to fresh and nutritious food. The Healthy Food Financing Act will establish a program to help our citizens have access to healthy food options no matter where they live in our state. With this legislation, I am hopeful that it will assist in improving the overall health of Alabamians.” – NWGN.com

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