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Top News Links: Tuesday, March 26

Water wars revisited

The Georgia Senate is moving to expand the state's northern border to stake a claim on Tennessee River water. — Chattanooga Times Free Press

Ad battles as Walmart, Publix claim lower prices

While Walmart touts is overall low pricing in widely distributed ads, rival Publix is now advertising its low prices for individual items, especially buy one, get one promotions; ad battles are raging in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. — Tampa Bay Business Journal

Cutting social security would harm small business, trade group says

Seniors aren't alone in fearing the effects of cuts of Social Security and Medicare; according to a new study by Main Street Alliance and Social Security Works, cutting Social Security benefits would harm small business owners. — Main Street Alliance

B.L. Harbert chosen to build Mercedes-Benz addition

Birmingham-based B.L. Harbert International has been awarded the contract to build the latest addition to the Vance Mercedes-Benz plant, a $70 million parts consolidation facility. — Birmingham News

Bankruptcy filing for Otelco

Oneonta-based Otelco has filed for bankruptcy after losing its contract to supply services for Time Warner Cable. — Bloomberg

Caddell to pay $1 million to settle federal complaint

Caddell Construction has agreed to pay more than $1 million in settlement of claims that it falsified information about its participation in a federal program to mentor small, minority-owned businesses. — Montgomery Advertiser

Oysters ahoy in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh businessman announces plans for three Wintzell's Oyster Bars in Pittsburgh area. — Pittsburgh Business Times

USDA program to aid rural residents expanding to Alabama

A federal program to help rural residents find funds for greenhouses, gardens, meal programs and other assistance is being expanded into Alabama. — The Edwardsville (Illinois) Intelligencer

Questions raised about Birmingham airport leadership

In the wake of a tragic accident in Birmingham airport's new terminal, an al.com opinion piece highlights the salary of the Birmingham airport chief — $398,000 compared to the Atlanta leader's $221,000 — and raises questions over the authority's finances and leadership. — al.com

Wind project raises citizen questions

Residents near a proposed Cherokee County wind farm have raised questions about the advisability of the project. — Gadsden Times

Alabama company, individuals win conservation award

Avondale Brewing Company was honored by WildSouth as the outstanding business in conservation, while Heather Montgomery of McDowell Environmental Center was named outstanding educator in conservation and Chris Oberholster of the Nature Conservancy of Alabama as the outstanding conservationist. — WildSouth PR

AUM names students commons for chair of Standard Roofing

Auburn University of Montgomery has completed its refurbishing of the student commons and renamed it in honor of Watson Robbins Taylor, chair of Standard Roofing, who was instrumental in establishing AUM and has been supportive ever since. — AUM PR

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