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Top News Links: Thursday, March 7

Tuition tax credit battles moves from capitol to courthouse

A bill allowing parents to write off private school tuition costs got held up on the way to governor's desk when Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Charles Price called for a hearing on a legal challenge; now Republican lawmakers say they'll appeal to the state Supreme Court to over-rule Price. — Birmingham News/al.com

French bank backs out of Jefferson sewer mess

Societe Generale, a French bank that held Jefferson County Sewer warrants when the county filed bankruptcy, says it has transferred all its interests in the project and has asked to be dropped as a party to the ensuing legal battle. — Reuters

State export awards honor 8 firms

Eight firms were honored this week for their export expertise -- from Birmingham, Atlas RFID Solutions, Induron Coatings LLC, Motion Industries and Von Corporation; from Huntsville, Line-X LLC, from Madison, Intergraph Corp., and from the Gulf Coast, Mack Manufacturing Inc. of Theodore and Quincy Compressor of Bay Minette. — Mobile Press-Register/al.com

Alabama Power cuts emissions

Alabama Power's switch to natural gas to fire some generators has cut emissions by a third, an industry publication reports. — Gas to Power Journal

BAE Systems lays keel for dump scow

Mobile's BAE Systems shipyard has laid the keel for the second dump scow it is building for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock. — Dredging News

HealthSouth says no wrong doing

Birmingham-based HealthSouth says that federal subpoenas of Medicare and Medicaid records from one of its many hospitals came as no surprise, based just on the rehab group's volume of care, noting that no wrongdoing has been uncovered. — al.com

Southern food ups stroke stats

A UAB researcher links a 30 percent increase in stroke risk to eating the traditional high-fried Southern diet. — UAB PR

Talladega brings PR business back home to Alabama

Abandoning its New York PR firm, the Talladega Superspeedway has hired Birmingham's Intermark firm with a goal of quickly upping race attendance by 10 percent. – Birmingham News

Crossroads bankrupt but hopeful

Huntsville music venue Crossroads has filed for bankruptcy protection, but owner Jamie Hunter said he hopes it will be in operations for several more months at least. — al.com 

Real estate reshuffle creates new Birmingham firm

Tommy Brigham is CEO of new real estate firm ARC Realty Group LLC, with other market veterans Beau Bevis, Mechelle Wilder and Dale McIntyre joining in key roles. — al.com

Fifth Florida office for Adams and Reese

Law firm Adams and Reese, which has offices in Birmingham and Mobile, has added a fifth Florida office, this one in Jacksonville, by merging in a firm there. — Florida Trend

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