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Top News Links: Monday, June 25

European debt could cause Alabama woes

A Milken Institute study ranks Alabama among the ten states most vulnerable to economic fallout from the ongoing European financial crisis. — Birmingham Business Journal

Study summary — Milken Institute

Analysis ups prospects for Vulcan

Susquehanna Financial has upgraded its ratings for Vulcan Materials, saying it's "significantly under appreciated." — Barron's

Auto check for auto insurance

Several counties already testing system that automatically ties car tags to insurance status; entire state to be using system by January. — Insurance Journal

Thumbs up and down on Arizona immigration law

The Supreme Court blocked parts of Arizona's immigration law today, while allowing police checks to continue; many provisions are mirrored in Alabama law. — Huntsville Times

Judge demands arbitration report in labor case

The federal judge handling a lawsuit brought by two women from Moldova, who were recruited for a management training program in the U.S.  and then assigned to low-skill jobs at Wendy's in Baldwin County, asked for a final arbitration report promptly, saying last week that the case shouldn't drag on any longer. — Mobile Press-Register

Green light for Forever Wild projects

Forever Wild has decided to move ahead with two major park projects, one in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and one in the hunting and hiking areas of Jackson County. —  Birmingham News

New president at ASU

Joseph Silver moves into presidency at Alabama State University. — Montgomery Advertiser

Second thoughts about Aliceville prison

Questions raised about the suitability of new federal prison for women at Aliceville. — New York Times

No life without parole for young convicts

Ruling in an Alabama case, the Supreme Court ruled today that sentencing minors to life without parole violates Constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.  — al.com 

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