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Top News Links: Tuesday, March 27

Green light for garbage trucks

Navistar International Corps. plans to use the enormous Colbert County plant it's leasing from RSA to build a new garbage hauling truck, nicknamed the International LoadStar. — Birmingham News

Expansion plans at Gulf Shores airport

Airport officials hope just-completed expansion will attract more fly-in visitors to aid recuperating tourism business.  — WPMI-TV

Convicted business program leader should face jail, prosecutor says

Federal prosecutor recommends jail time for former director of small business development program, convicted of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering of more than $7 million. — Birmingham News

Water wars a boon to Georgia lawyers

The legal fight over distribution of drinking water from the Chattahoochee — a three-way battle among Alabama, Georgia and Florida —  has cost Georgia $18.7 million in legal fees. — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Proration could cause ag safety issues

Agriculture commissioner John McMillan says a fifth year of cuts could affect vital safety services. — Montgomery Advertiser

Regions expands non-traditional services

Regions Bank now offers its unusual-for-a-bank services like check cashing and Western Union transfers in all 16 states. — Birmingham News

Southern Research Institute receives grants

Daniel Foundation and Alabama Power have made donations to Birmingham research center. — Southern Research

Press-Register publisher off to New Orleans

Ricky Mathews, publisher of the Mobile Press Register and other coastal papers, will take helm of Times-Picayune later this year. — Mobile Press-Register

Trial dates set in anti-smoking drug death cases

U.S. District Court Judge Inge Johnson of Alabama's northern district sets trial dates in first two cases against anti-smoking drug maker Pfizer. — Bloomberg BusinessWeek

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