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Top News Links: Tuesday, July 14

Gambling expected to again be introduced

Alabama legislators Monday began a special session on a looming budget shortfall during which Gov. Robert Bentley will again try to persuade Republican legislators to support tax increases over deep cuts to government services. Legislators met for about 15 minutes and then adjourned until Aug. 3, saying they needed time to work on budget ideas. – AP/Decatur Daily

Vestavia Hills, Madison tops for working parents

Alabama is home to two of the best small communities for working parents—Vestavia Hills and Madison, while Brentwood, Franklin and Germantown, Tennessee; Bentonville, Arkansas; and Wildwood, Missouri are other Southern cities in the top 10. Characteristics shared by these suburbs include higher affordability relative to the rest of the nation and strong school districts. – Nerd Wallet

Have you finished ‘Go Set a Watchman’ yet?

You'd probably better get cracking on that new Harper Lee novel if you haven't already. "Go Set a Watchman" is Lee's first book in 55 years and has been eagerly awaited by fans of her classic "To Kill A Mockingbird." The sequel has drawn comparisons to the massively successful "Harry Potter" novels by J.K. Rowling, what with "Watchman's" midnight release and Amazon's report that it was the most pre-ordered book on the site since 2007's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." In Lee's hometown of Monroeville, a crowd gathered at a local bookstore to snag copies as the clock struck 12. – CNN/WPTZ

Time building new food studios in Birmingham

Time Inc. announced Monday it is building state-of-the-art food studios in the Birmingham area that will employ a team of 45 Time Inc. staff photographers, food stylists, test-kitchen professionals, editors and videographers. Known as the Time Inc. Food Studios, the new space will include 28 test kitchens, 12 photography studios, a showcase kitchen, a video studio, a private dining room and an outdoor grilling area, according to a Time Inc. media release. – AL.com

Signal bankruptcy shows human trafficking happens here

It is a case that shows that the moral bankruptcy of engaging in human trafficking can lead to financial bankruptcy, too. Alabama-based Signal International filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday, brought down by mounting lawsuits alleging illegal labor trafficking, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The marine services operator paid out $14 million in damages in February in the first case brought against it by five immigrant workers from India and the Southern Poverty Law Center. – MarketWatch

BAM may go private once again

The original owners of Books-A-Million (NYSE: BAMM) hope to take it private again in a $21 million deal, the company announced Monday. Executive Chairman Clyde B. Anderson will acquire the company pending shareholder approval. According to the most recent SEC filing, the Anderson family already owns 58.2 percent.The Anderson family started the company in 1917 in Florence. Books-a-Million first started trading on the New York Stock Exchange in 1992. – AL.com

Will Chicago’s ‘cloud tax’ stick?

On June 9, the city of Chicago’s Department of Finance decreed (PDF) a new tax for the city. Labeled an “amusement tax,” a new 9 percent fee applies to services or engagements undertaken for entertainment purposes, both in person and electronically. And because it applies to online, cloud-based services like Netflix, some also have labeled it a “cloud tax." Alabama backed down from a similar proposal on June 8 after public outcry. – GovTech.com

States pushing back against EPA rules

Leaders from more than half the states in the country, including Alabama, have now weighed in on lawsuits that seek to halt a recent federal clean water rule. The latest of the suits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was filed last week by the attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt, who said that the rule will make farm, industrial and private property owners “subject to the unpredictable, unsound, and often Byzantine regulatory regime of the EPA.” – Miami Herald

Army researchers patent tiny new solar cell

A group of US Army researchers has just won a patent for a new solar cell, capping off a project that has been in the works since the late 1990s. The new solar cell clocks in at several hundred nanometers thick. While that doesn’t beat thin-film solar cells, it does beat other photovoltaic (PV) cells in its class. The research team was spearheaded by Dr. Michael Scalora, a research physicist at the US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal. – CleanTechnica.com

Sears closing its store in Mobile

Sears and its auto store will close quickly, according to a statement released by Sears on Monday. The facilities located at Bel Air Mall will lose an estimated 100 employees in total. The statement given was the same exact format that Sears and Kmart use for all store closures, basically saying they're looking to cut costs. – AL.com

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