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Top News Links: Friday, June 17

New Republic weighs in on Alabama corruption

Midway through former Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard’s corruption trial, the state’s most powerful man was hiding in an empty corridor of the Lee County courthouse. TV news crews had set up their cameras outside the main entrance to catch the defendant and his co-stars as they emerged. But tucked into a nook that used to house public phones stood Billy Canary, a former White House staffer for George H.W. Bush, a longtime friend of Karl Rove, and president and CEO of the mighty Business Council of Alabama. – New Republic

Alabama well represented at bioscience convention

Over 25 Alabama Bioscience and business professionals traveled to San Francisco last week for the 2016 BIO International Convention. Contingents from Alabama included Auburn University, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Alabama in Birmingham. – Alabama NewsCenter

Alabama firm wins $11.2M Navy contract

An Alabama-based company was awarded an $11.2 million Department of Defense contract for operating support services at several Jacksonville, Florida, Navy facilities. Mark Dunning Industries Inc., out of Dothan, will provide base operating support services at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Naval Station Mayport, Blount Island and outlying areas. – BizJournals.com

Second Alabama justice sues over disciplinary investigation

Justice Tom Parker of the Alabama Supreme Court has sued the judicial ethics commission that is investigating him for comments he made on a conservative radio talk show about the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay-marriage decision. The suit filed by Liberty Counsel on Parker’s behalf against the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission claims the judicial canon at issue violates the First Amendment. – ABA Journal

ASU removed from SACS warning status list

Alabama State University has been removed from warning status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Pamela Cravey, ASU's director of communications, said the SACS board of trustees voted on Thursday to remove ASU from warning status and return it to regular accreditation without sanction. – Montgomery Advertiser

Living next to chicken industry waste is rugged

“You ready?” John Mitchell asked, before rolling the down the passenger window of his truck just outside of Boaz, Alabama. “Brace yourself.” As the window opened the smell of the nearby holding pond in Marshall County, where poultry processing plants dump leftover chicken waste, burst into the cab of the truck. The overwhelming odor knocks people back, Mitchell said, covering his nose and mouth. It’s a bitter taste of rot. – Weld

Federal court rejects Texas suit on refugees

A federal district court rejected Texas’s attempt to bar the federal government from resettling Syrian refugees in the state and dismissed the lawsuit on Wednesday. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission failed to “state a plausible claim for relief” or prove it could challenge the government’s actions under existing law, federal district judge David Godbey ruled. Alabama has a similar suit. – The Atlantic

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