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Top News Links: Friday, March 7

Poarch Indians don’t like Strange behavior

Campaign finance records show three political action committees heavily financed by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, which runs gaming facilities in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka, gave Democrat Joe Hubbard $250,000 last month for his campaign against Republican incumbent Luther Strange. – Madvertiserblogs.com

SpaceX’s CEO disrespects Boeing, Lockheed Martin

Elon Musk accused Congress Thursday of wasting money that could be better spent on innovation by vastly overpaying for each space launch. Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, said the monopoly held by the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin that provides all the space launches for the Air Force, has proven expensive and outmoded, and should be replaced by a competitive structure. – Upi.com

Non-union Boeing pensions being frozen

Boeing Co. will end pension plans for 68,000 non-union employees, including its chief executive, marking the latest step in the company's shift away from defined-benefit plans. – Reuters

Hagel expresses LCS doubts to Byrne

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed skepticism at a budget hearing in Washington Thursday about the Mobile-made littoral combat ship as U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne pressed him about the viability of the system. – al.com

Dominion Partners expanding its portfolio

Dominion Partners of Birmingham is back in growth mode – building one new and expanding an existing senior living community project, sites for two more being pursued this year and occupancies rising in its $252 million portfolio. – al.com

Insurance giant buying Montgomery’s Anchor

Sentry Insurance, with assets of $12 billion, is purchasing third-generation, Montgomery-based Anchor Managing General Agency. Anchor was formed in the Capital City in 1992 as the successor to a family-owned business dating back another 40 years. – Montgomery Advertiser

Mobile’s BCB Holding Co. bought out

Mississippi's First Bancshares is expanding further into Alabama, announcing Thursday that it will buy BCB Holding Co. of Mobile, parent company of Bay Bank, for about $6.6 million in cash and stock. – The Associated Press

Alabama part of effort to block new chicken rules

Five major farm states including Alabama have joined a lawsuit seeking to block a California law that would impose stricter animal-welfare standards on egg-producing farms. – Wall Street Journal

Dial wants schools to go digital

The Senate voted 19-11 Thursday for a bill by Republican Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville that would allow the state to borrow up to $100 million through bond sales to provide money to schools for laptops, tablets and electronic versions of textbooks. Dial's bill goes to the House, where similar legislation died last year. – ABC 3340

Foreign Language Services gets 3 new contracts

Huntsville’s Foreign Language Services has acquired three new high-level interpreting contracts, requiring both a reshuffling of the current FLS staff, and the addition of a new office manager and Spanish certification specialist to help balance the growth. – Flstranslation.com

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