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Top News Links: Tuesday, March 18

Corporate gifting: Is Alabama doing enough?

Commerce Department Secretary Greg Canfield said a full-scale evaluation of the state's incentives structure has been going on for about a year, in the face of more competition for new jobs and investment. – al.com

Birmingham’s downtown wins big

Birmingham can boast being a Top 10 downtown, thanks in part to the redesign and renovation of a park, which kick-started a series of ongoing revitalization projects that continue to attract new businesses, visitors and residents. – Livability.com

Bruce Willis a short-lived sight in Mobile

Film crews continue to make movie-magic in the streets of downtown Mobile as “Vice” began production Sunday. The leading role, played by Bruce Willis, was shot entirely in one day. If you’re looking to catch a glimpse, he has already departed of the Port City and will not be back. – Fox10tv.com

Cleanup slow at train crash site

Environmental regulators promised an aggressive cleanup after a tanker train hauling 2.9 million gallons of crude oil derailed and burned in a West Alabama swamp in early November amid a string of North American oil train crashes. But the isolated wetland still smells like a garage. – AP / Tuscaloosa News

Senators say Vietnam’s export policy fishy

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers from catfish-producing states who is asking the U.S. commerce secretary to uphold a decision reached last summer that determined U.S. catfish producers have been harmed by unfairly priced frozen fish fillets from Vietnam. – Tuscaloosa News

Honda recalling 900,000 Odyssey minivans

Honda is recalling nearly 900,000 Odyssey minivans assembled in Alabama due to pump strainer covers, which may deteriorate and allow fuel to leak out and lead to a fire. No such fires have been reported. – al.com

State’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate steady

Alabama’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stayed level at 6.1 percent in January, but there were some positive signs sprinkled throughout the preliminary numbers. – Montgomery Advertiser

Alabamian has key role in campaign finance case

Shaun McCutcheon, a First Amendment advocate from Alabama and the plaintiff in a crucial campaign finance case pending before the Supreme Court, can hardly wait for the justices to rule. Whatever they decide, he's ready, with his e-book, Outsider Inside: The Supreme Court, poised to publish on his website within two days of the decision. – Nationaljournal.com

Military Times: Troy college ‘Best for Vets’

Military Times has named Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business the top “Best for Vets” business school in Alabama. The organization publishes the “Army Times,” the “Navy Times,” the “Air Force Times,” and the “Marine Corps Times” newspapers. – Dothan First

State’s water management may need upgrade

Compared to most states, water is plentiful in Alabama. In fact, you can see the many rivers that cross Alabama right on the state seal. But there are some who say Alabama is doing a poor job of managing this resource. – WBHM.org

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