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Top News Links: Monday, March 11

ThyssenKrupp official resigns in wake of Americas steel project

Gerhard Cromme, who has led ThyssenKrupp's advisory board for 12 years, has resigned over the project that built mills in Alabama and Brazil, leading to a massive loss for the German industrial company. — Toronto Globe and Mail

Budget experts still crunching numbers on tuition tax plan

Although the legislature has already passed a bill allowing parents a deduction for private school tuition, state numbers crunchers still haven't figured out how much it will cost the state in lost revenue, the Associated Press reports. — Athens News Courier

Budget cuts loom over military towns in Alabama and around the country

Businesses surrounding Fort Rucker brace for a hit as DOD employees and contractors wait for impending pay cuts, the Associated Press reports. — al.com

Congress to share DOD budget pain

The Department of Defense, which has provided courtesy transportation to members of Congress and their staffs, will no longer extend the courtesy — all in the name of living under new financial constraints mandated by Congressional inaction on the budget. — Inside Defense

Apache Guardian plans delayed

The U.S. Army is delaying plans for new Boeing-built AH-64 E Apache Guardian helicopters for five years. — al.com 

Huntsville, Montgomery firms win military contracts

Coburn Contractors of Montgomery has been chosen for a share of a $95 million design-build contract for Navy facilities in Hawaii, while two Huntsville firms, Alatec Inc. and Integration Innovations Inc., have won shares of a $248 million Army contract to develop training materials for the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence in Oklahoma — al.com 

Birmingham wins kudos for food scene

A combination of high-end restaurants, ethnic food and food trucks brought Birmingham praise from Zagat restaurant guide, which named the city among the seven most up-and-coming food scene cities. — Birmingham News

Walter Energy seeks shareholder support for new plans

Walter Energy, facing an annual meeting where Audley Capital – a British hedge fund holding 1 percent of Walter Stock — hopes to unseat the Alabama's company's directors, has issued a letter to all its shareholders outlining plans and progress toward renewed profitability. — Market Wire

Conasauga shale field drawing explorers in northwest Georgia

The Conasauga shale field, which extends across Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, is bring gas explorers to Georgia. — Chattanooga Times Free Press

Alabama sees more licensed hunters, fishers

After several decades of decline, the number of hunting and fishing licenses sold in Alabama has begun to rise in the past five years. — Biloxi Sun Herald

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