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Top News Links: Friday, March 21

Remington posts 20 Huntsville jobs

A month after announcing it will open a $110 million manufacturing plant in the Rocket City, Remington Outdoor Co. has listed 20 new job openings for Huntsville workers on its website. – al.com

BOA gives Walter Energy a slump

Walter Energy Inc. and other U.S. producers of metallurgical coal slumped after Bank of America Corp. said supply and demand fundamentals for the commodity will be “depressed” for the next several years. – Businessweek

Alabamians reach out in Bangkok

On a Southeast Asia trade mission, Alabama business officials Thursday established new ties to counterparts in Bangkok, Thailand, while the state’s economic development leader held talks with a key Thai finance official about expanding investment and trade. – Made in Alabama

BRAC might favor Fort Rucker this time

The likelihood of another BRAC (Defense Base Closure and Realignment) staring Fort Rucker squarely in the eyes in 2017 could be a positive, according to Retired Brig. Gen. Rodney Wolfe, but only if the U.S. Army Post and surrounding communities are prepared. – Dothan Eagle

Medical marijuana bill passes Legislature

A medical marijuana bill unanimously passed both the Alabama House and Senate on Thursday and is headed to the desk of Gov. Robert Bentley, who has said he will sign it into law. The measure makes it legal to possess only a prescribed medical grade extract known as CBD, which is non-intoxicating. – Business Insider

AT&T workers ratify four-year contract

AT&T employees represented by the Communications Workers of America have voted to ratify a four-year contract with AT&T Mobility. The contract covers more than 11,500 AT&T Mobility employees in CWA District 3 – the Southeast Region, which includes Alabama. – MSbusiness.com

Finale of Alabama Launchpad today

Seven teams from Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Madison will compete today to win a share of more than $100,000 in prize money in the finale of the entrepreneurial contest, Alabama Launchpad. – al.com

Trucking companies claim victory in tax case

An agreement hammered out last month between the Alabama Department of Revenue and interstate trucking companies that operate there as well as in other states ends a decades-old system of double taxation, said an Atlanta attorney for one of the trucking companies. – Dailyreportonline.com

Spreading goat cheese across America

Belle Chevre's famous goat cheese will be the star of a cross-country tour at Whole Foods stores promoting the Elkmont creamery's locally made products. The tour, also known as Belle's Big Adventure, is being held in conjunction with the company's 25th birthday.  – al.com

‘Best of Alabama’ returns May 3

The one-day celebration “Best of Alabama” featuring regional artists, farmers, chefs, purveyors and designers will soon return to downtown Montgomery. The second annual Southern Makers will be held Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Union Station Train Shed. – Southernmakers.com

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