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Top News Links: Thursday, June 13

Benjamin to step down from top doc role

South Alabama physician Regina Benjamin has announced plans to step down from her role as Surgeon General of the United States but plans to stay involved in public health; she has been eyed as a potential Democratic candidate for the Congressional seat being vacated by Jo Bonner. — Mobile Press-Register

Cutbacks planned at Bellefonte Nuclear Plant

TVA's Bellefonte Nuclear Plant at Hollywood, near Huntsville — under construction off and on since 1974 — faces another major slowdown as TVA announced plans to cut its workforce from 540 to 140 while it reassesses its need for the power. — Chattanooga Times Free Press

Failing schools list under wraps pending inquiry

State school officials delayed publication of a list of "failing" public schools — whose students would be eligible for tuition tax credits at private schools — due to an unspecified "legal" inquiry. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Alabama ranks 10th lowest in nation on per capita income

Per capita income figures released by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis rank Alabama 10th from the bottom with an average per capita income of $34,900. — Decatur Daily

Bank of America asks out of suit

Bank of America, which is the successor to mortgage lender Countrywide Securities Corp., has asked a judge to dismiss a $283 million lawsuit in which FHFA claims it was party to duping Colonial Bank into buying overvalued securities. — Law 360

Major expansion announced at Florence flooring plant

Tarkett has announced plans for a major expansion at its Florence IndustrIal Park site, including moving its vinyl flooring operation from Houston; expansion plans are tagged at $33 million and the workforce is expected to double to about 350. — Florence TimesDaily

Anniston offers incentives to new and expanding businesses

Anniston city officials approved a $15,000 incentive package Tuesday for Creedmore Sports, which is relocating from California, and a $100,000 package to help with expansion at North American Bus Industries. — Anniston Star

Signal seeking buyers, analysts report

The shipbuilding marketplace is awash with talk that a Gulf Coast shipbuilder is looking for buyers, and analysts point to Mobile's Signal Shipbuilding – formerly Bender Shipbuilding — as the likely company, trade publication Tradewinds News reports. — Tradewinds News

Boeing taps German firm for rocket components

Boeing and German firm MT Aerospace AG have settled a contract under which the German company will provide fuel tank panels for the space launch system currently in design for NASA. — Huntsville Times

Something fishy about the beef jerky

Eufaula-based Hickory Hollow Jerky has recalled 1,800 pounds of beef jerky because its label does not mention fish-based ingredients, which cause allergies in some people, the Associated Press reports. — al.com

Limited Alabama shrimp season opens

Some coastal waters have been opened to shrimping, but some areas are delayed because cool weather delayed shrimp growth, according to Alabama Marine Resources officials. — Montgomery Advertiser

Unpaid internships in jeopardy after New York court ruling

A New York judge ruled this week that interns should be paid at least minimum wage in addition to the on-the-job experience they garner, which could affect such internships across the country. — The Atlantic

Children's of Alabama gets good marks on national survey

U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of children's hospitals places Children's of Alabama in the top 50 in six specialty areas. — Children's PR

Alabama officials promote state at Paris Air Show

State and industry officials gathered with aerospace leaders at the Paris Air Show, building on a state that boasts facilities for most of the world's major aerospace players. — Alabama Department of Commerce

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