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Top News Links: Friday, March 14

Don’t mess with the houndstooth

The houndstooth pattern is popular in Alabama, and it’s usually associated with the University of Alabama. It’s featured on Alabama Crimson Tide apparel all across the nation. Now, the University of Alabama is suing a Georgia company called Houndstooth Mafia over the use of the pattern. – CBS42.com

SunTrust likes what it sees at CPSI

Equities researchers at SunTrust started coverage on shares of Mobile’s Computer Programs & Systems in a research report issued on Friday, American Banking News reports. SunTrust’s price objective indicates a potential upside of 4.63% from the company’s current price. – Tickerreport.com

Proposed bill would nudge minimum wage

A bill in the Alabama House of Representatives, if passed, would raise the minimum wage in the state.  The bill would propose a constitutional amendment to create a state minimum wage and set it at $9.80 per hour by 2016. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. – Alabama's 13

Energen solicits bids for Alabama Gas Corp.

Sempra Energy and AGL Resources Inc. have expressed interest in buying Energen Corp.’s natural gas utility Alagasco, which could fetch more than $1 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said. – Businessweek

Manna from heaven for Enterprise

“We're very excited to be a part of Enterprise and the surrounding communities, and we're excited to bring Popeye's to Enterprise," said Richard Robertson, director of operations for the regional Popeye’s investment company. A new Chik-fil-A and Jimmy Johns are also said to be in the works. – Dothanfirst.com

Koch family buys Splash Adventure

One of the best-known names in the amusement park business has purchased Alabama’s Splash Adventure Waterpark in Bessemer. The Koch family has purchased the amusement and waterpark and its 89 acres with plans to open by May 17. – al.com

Robins & Morton to engineer power plant

Birmingham-based Robins & Morton announced Thursday that it has signed a contract with the Louisiana Energy and Power Authority to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for a 64 megawatt Combined Cycle Power Plant in Morgan City, LA. – Robinsmorton.com

Credit unions showing solid growth

Credit unions, locally owned and operated in Alabama and Florida, showed strong growth for the four quarters in 2013. Collectively, Alabama and Florida’s 278 credit unions added $2.2 billion in new assets, 161,000 new members, and $2.28 billion in new loans last year. – Lscu.coop

Vanderwal new president at Prattville chamber

The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce has named its new president, Patty Vanderwal, succeeding Richard Ray who resigned last Friday. – Montgomery Advertiser

Document reveals gifts to shadowy nonprofit

A secretive Alabama Republican nonprofit group received $100,000 in 2012 from corporate, trade and other political organizations, according to a new report. Sixteen organizations donated $5,000 to $15,000 each to the Alabama House Republican Conference, a social welfare nonprofit organization. – Washington Post

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