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Top News Links: Thursday, March 14

Tuition tax credit bill to governor

Alabama's all Republican Supreme Court Wednesday allowed a bill that gives public support to private schools to go to the governor for his signature, saying any legal action needs to come after the bill has become a law. — Birmingham News

Bill sponsors kids' in parochial schools

Many of the sponsors of a controversial bill to give parents tax credits for private school tuition have kids in parochial schools, but some opponents do, too. — al.com

Huntsville hopes to become national drone test center

City officials in Huntsville hope the city can parlay its drone development capabilities into a designation as one of six national test centers for the unmanned aircraft. — Huntsville Times

Expansion planned at North American Lighting

Muscle Shoals auto headlight supplier North American Lighting has announced plans for a $36 million expansion, with plans to hired an additional 250 employees. — Decatur Daily

Sweetwater deal in works

Decatur officials have approved a development deal for a $1.3 billion retail center at I-65 an I-565, in an area nicknamed Sweetwater, but still won't say who their partner is. — al.com

Wells Fargo earmarks $55 billion for loans to woman-owned businesses

California-based Wells Fargo, recognized as the top lender to small businesses, has announced a plan to earmark $55 billion for loans to businesses owned by women by 2020. — Birmingham Business Journal

Car loans up at Regions

Regions Financial ranked third among lenders for its increase in auto loans in the fourth quarter of 2012. — al.com 

Dallas County man wins catfish farming honors

Derry Bone, who manages 121 catfish ponds at the David Pearce Catfish Farms in Dallas County, has been named Alabama's Catfish Farmer of the Year. — Selma Times-Journal

Lehner to chair ThyssenKrupp advisory board

Ulrich Lehner has been selected to replace Gerhart Cromme as chair of ThyssenKrupp's advisory board; Cromme had faced major criticism for his leadership of the firm's still mill investments in Alabama and Brazil. — Reuters

DOD contracts awarded for Alabama work

Two out-of-state firms have been awarded contracts for various defense department work to be performed in Alabama — Tennessee's Tullahoma Industries won a $25 million contract to make combat pants and Raytheon, based in Massachusetts, an additional $8 million for radar development. — al.com

UAB primary care gets high marks

The primary care programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham medical school earned 10th place rankings in a survey by U.S. News & World Report. — al.com

Airbus wins kudos from trade publication

Trade & Industry Development, a publication highlighting site selection issues, picked Airbus for its list of the top projects destined to have a major economic impact on their new hometowns. — WPMI-TV

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