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Top News Links: Tuesday, June 2

Watts says football returning to UAB

UAB President Ray Watts said Monday he is bringing the football program back as early as 2016, reversing a decision to shut it down because it was too expensive. Watts cited renewed financial commitment from supporters, students and the city as reasons for the change of heart. He said donors have pledged to make up the projected $17.2 million deficit over the next five years if football is restored. – AP/Tuscaloosa News

Jeb Bush speaking at private coal retreat

Jeb Bush will convene next week with coalmining barons and reliable Republican Party donors who have paid at least $7,500 each to huddle with the presidential hopeful at a golfing and fly-fishing retreat in Bristol, Virginia. Bush’s scheduled one-hour speech at the Coal & Investment Leadership Forum will take place at the members-only Olde Farm club, where the civil war-themed golf tournament is a “cherished tradition.” Drummond Company of Birmingham reportedly will be represented. – CMD/The Guardian

Legislators in home stretch with no budget fix

Alabama lawmakers are entering the home stretch of the legislative session with their biggest challenge still unsolved: a $200 million shortfall in the general fund budget. Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Chairman Arthur Orr said Monday he believes most legislators are resigned to a special session. WAFF

Remington Outdoor posts jobs for Huntsville

Remington Outdoor continues to add positions at its new firearms plant at Jetplex Industrial Park in Huntsville. The North Carolina manufacturer has posted several Huntsville jobs on its website, including senior SAP programmer analyst, executive administrative assistant, director of operations in finance, HR administrator/safety trainer and more. – AL.com

Blue Bell, ADPH enter into agreement

Much like they did in Texas and Oklahoma, Blue Bell Creameries has entered into a voluntary agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health that outlines the steps they will take in order to resume production at their facility in Sylacauga and get products back on store shelves. – NBC/DFW

Get ready for some fresh Alabama shrimp

Officials from the Alabama Marine Resources Division have announced that the 2015 Gulf shrimp season will officially open as of 6 a.m. tomorrow. Shrimp are the most abundant type of seafood landed in Alabama and along the Gulf Coast, with more than 25 million pounds landed in-state every year. – WALA/WSFA

Bill scrapping marriage license now before House

This month, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the issue of same-sex marriage. It should settle a lot of questions once and for all. In Alabama, resistance to same-sex marriage continues. We saw a weekend of rallies in favor of traditional marriage. Beyond that, we have legislation making its way through the house right now that could get rid of the entire institution of marriage as we know it in Alabama. – WHNT

Sabans throw memorable reception at Bryant-Denny

If you thought a wedding cake depicting Nick Saban on an elephant while hoisting a crystal football was as "Roll Tide" as a wedding could get, you haven’t heard about the celebration that took place at Bryant-Denny Stadium over the weekend. After Saban's daughter, Kristen, married fellow Alabama graduate Adam Setas on Saturday night, the childhood sweethearts headed to Bryant-Denny Stadium for their reception. The night featured fireworks and the newlyweds going for a spin in a Rolls-Royce on the field. – AL.com

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