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Top News Links: Friday, June 6

Crosswhite now chairman of EDPA

Mark Crosswhite, chairman, president and CEO of Alabama Power Co., has been elected chairman of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama's board of directors. A private nonprofit, EDPA represents the private sector's contributions to economic development in the state. – Twst.com

Japan’s focus on Alabama strong

Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co.'s pending multibillion-dollar purchase of Birmingham's Protective Life Corp. will nearly double the number of Birmingham employees who work for a company with a corporate headquarters in Japan. – AL.com

UAW not done with South yet

The United Auto Workers union said Thursday it will announce as soon as next week a plan to organize workers at the Daimler AG Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama. New UAW President Dennis Williams said Gary Casteel, the union's newly elected secretary-treasurer, will lead the union's efforts. – Reuters

ASU audit extension questioned

A contract proposal to extend the investigation of an auditing firm looking into potential fraud at Alabama State University was tabled Thursday by the state's contract review committee following questions about the effectiveness of the firm's work so far and where the funding would come from. – Montgomery Advertiser

Hip-hop businessman visits B’ham

Kevin Liles, the hip-hop and R&B businessman responsible for the branding success of Jay Z and Kanye West, Thursday addressed the Birmingham Business Alliance's African American Business Council Luncheon. His topic: “Generation E: education, employment, entrepreneurship and empowerment." – Alabama's 13

Poarch Creek chairman to step down

Tribal Chairman Buford Rolin will step down from the top leadership position in the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, a spokesperson confirmed Thursday.  The tribe will hold elections soon to elect a new chairman for Alabama's only federally recognized tribe. – AL.com

Alabama wins Silver Shovel Award

Alabama is a leading exporting state, says the U.S. Department of Commerce. It ranked 23rd for dollar value of exports in 2013. That total value — $19.3 billion — was just shy of the record high of $19.6 billion set in 2012. – Area Development

Alabama company offers 401k analysis

Employee Fiduciary today announced a new fee comparison service for 401(k) plan sponsors. The company will review a service provider’s Section 408(b)(2) fee disclosure document and plainly summarize its fees in dollars - both direct fees and indirect fees paid by mutual fund companies, for no cost. – News release

Gadsden unveils big water plant

The Gadsden Water Works and Sanitary Sewer Board dedicated its new MIEX water pretreatment plant last month, making it the largest of its kind in North America. – News release

Judge ends Harper Lee suit

A federal judge has ended the lawsuit filed by "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee against a museum in her hometown in south Alabama. The judge dismissed the case today after lawyers for Lee and the Monroe County Heritage Museum filed a joint motion seeking to end the suit. – Decatur Daily

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