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Top News Links: Wednesday, March 26

Indian casinos seeing more competition

Indian casinos in the U.S. took in more money than ever in 2012, yet revenue rose faster at non-tribal casinos for the first time in nearly 20 years, according to a report released today. Alaska posted the fastest revenue growth followed by South Dakota, Montana, Alabama and Texas. – AP/The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Nafus new site lead at Decatur rocket plant

Cindy Nafus has gone from “the only woman in the room” at management meetings to the only woman in America running a rocket plant. At 53, she’s the new “site lead” at United Launch Alliance’s Decatur plant, where 800 employees build the Atlas and Delta rockets that provide most of the lift to America’s space program. – al.com

Navy officials ponder future of LCS program

As Austal USA prepared to christen the third littoral combat ship last week, a group of U.S. Navy officials gathered in Washington to determine how to make the ship better. No option is off the table. – al.com

State’s personal income growth rate sluggish

Alabama had among the lowest personal income growth rates in the nation in 2013, according to a government report released Tuesday. Per capita income in the state grew 1.8 percent in 2013, 43rd in the nation. All its border states grew faster. Alabama’s per capita income is $36,501, or $8,042 per year less than the national average. – Times Daily

U.S.-China conference starts today

The U.S.-China Manufacturing Forum in Dothan expects to draw more than 300 attendees today through Friday with multiple delegations arriving from various parts of China. – Global Atlanta

Alabama delegation returning from Singapore

An Alabama delegation on a Southeast Asia trade mission headed home Tuesday after meetings in Singapore, part of a 13-day overseas visit that promoted business connections in Indonesia and Thailand. – Made in Alabama

FirstBank expanding into Alabama

FirstBank is preparing to open its first full-service branch outside Tennessee state lines and has recruited a former Regions Bank and BBVA Compass executive to lead the effort. – Nashville Post

Three disciplined in recruiting scandal

Three persons have been disciplined and the activities of eight others are under investigation in Alabama in connection with a multimillion-dollar Army National Guard recruiting fraud scandal, according to an Alabama National Guard spokesman. – WeldBham.com

Settlement reached in e-book price-fixing case

Alabama consumers will receive $1.956 million as part of a $166 million national settlement over price-fixing of electronic books. – Enewscourier.com

Alvis named to trial lawyer board

Christian & Small Partner LaBella S. Alvis was appointed to serve on the board of directors of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers at the annual meeting in Kailua-Kona, HI. She will serve a three-year term. – PRWeb.com

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