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Top News Links: Thursday, June 30

Bentley’s dark money group wants out of Collier lawsuit

A dark money group aligned with Gov. Robert Bentley wants dismissal from a lawsuit brought against the governor by former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier. Attorneys for the Alabama Council for Excellent Government, formed last year to advance Bentley’s agenda, wrote in a filing Tuesday that Collier had failed to state a claim against them. – Montgomery Advertiser

Black Warrior Riverkeeper plans to sue Drummond

The Maxine Mine near Praco, Ala. hasn't produced coal since the 1980s, but conservation groups are looking to force Drummond Company to clean up the abandoned site, which they say continues to leak harmful pollutants into the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River. Environmental group Black Warrior Riverkeeper and others announced plans Wednesday to sue. – AL.com

Regions has best reputation in banking for second year

Regions Bank has the best reputation in American banking, according to a national magazine. The Birmingham-headquartered bank earned the top spot on the annual ranking of most reputable banks by American Banker Magazine and the advisory firm Reputation Institute. – AL.com

B&B Pet Stop honored as small biz success

In a day when big box chain pet stores seem to be popping up on every corner, B&B Pet Stop is a mom-and-pop shop taking on the big boys. But there was a time when B&B, recently named the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year, was the big guy. “We opened this store 25 years ago when there were no big box stores,” said founder Bill Trufant. – Alabama News Center

Restaurant owner accused of sales tax scheme

Tamara Wintzell, the owner of a handful of Fairhope-area restaurants, was indicted June 27 on 60 counts of evading payment of sales tax to the city of Fairhope and state of Alabama and faces up to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine per count if convicted. Wintzell, 57, owns retail businesses in Fairhope under the collective name of Tamara’s Restaurant Group. – Lagniappe

Radiance, Kord Tech win GSA honors

Two Huntsville tech companies are receiving national recognition for its ongoing partnership. Radiance Technologies and Kord Technologies are the recipients of the General Services Administration Mentor-Protégé award. The mentor (Radiance Technologies) and protégé (Kord Technologies) have teamed on a total of seven government contracts, and the two companies have both benefited from working closely together. – WAAY

Polaris recalls another 43,000 off-highway vehicles

Polaris is recalling another 43,000 off-highway vehicles because they may overheat and catch fire during use. The 2015 and 2016 Polaris Ranger 570 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) are under recall after the Minnesota company received seven reports of the products overheating and catching on fire. There have been no ROV-related injuries. – AL.com

Mitchell Cancer Institute selected for oncology care effort

The University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute is one of a select number of oncology providers nationwide to be chosen by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to participate in the Oncology Care Model for patients insured through Medicare. The OCM is an innovative new payment and delivery model created to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of cancer care for patients undergoing chemotherapy. – News release

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