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Top News Links: Friday, March 6

New bill would let you chew and brew

Craft beer advocates hope a new bill introduced this week in the Alabama Legislature will alter the brewing landscape for businesses across the state. For several months, the Alabama Brewers Guild in Birmingham has been drafting a piece of legislation that would create a craft brewers license for small breweries to operate an on-site restaurant and sell their beer for on- and off-premise consumption. – AL.com

Fraud criminals: Don’t taunt on Facebook

Self-proclaimed ‘Tax Fraud Queen’ Rashia Wilson has been sentenced–again. Despite an appellate court’s order to the trial judge to recompute her sentence, she got the same thing: 21 long years. It is an inglorious end for someone who taunted publicly on Facebook that she couldn’t be caught. When sentenced in 2013, she got 21 years for owning guns and stealing millions from the IRS. The Tax Fraud Queen remains an inmate at Aliceville Federal Correctional Institute in Alabama. – Forbes

Former CFO suing Sterne Agee

The former chief financial officer of Sterne Agee Group Inc. has filed another lawsuit against his former employer. Brian Barze, who worked at the Birmingham-based investment firm from 2009 until 2012, is accusing Sterne Agee of libel and defamation in connection with a 2013 press release the company issued about his termination. – BizJournals

Hide the silver: Congress headed this way

Nearly one-fifth of Congress will be in Selma this weekend with President Barack Obama and his family to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march – a watershed moment that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. – McClatchyDC.com

Hubbard attorney takes on email release

Indicted Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard and his lawyer are criticizing prosecutors' decision to release dozens of non-redacted emails and other documents in the ongoing ethics case. In a Wednesday court filing, Hubbard's lawyer said prosecutors violated the privacy of multiple individuals by making public their bank account numbers, phone numbers and other data. – AP/Fox

BCA, BBA release legislative agendas

In preparation for the 2015 regular session of the Alabama Legislature, one of Alabama’s most influential business and trade organizations, the 5,000-member Business Council of Alabama (BCA), has issued its 2015 tax legislative agenda. The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA), the state’s largest chamber of commerce, has adopted many of the same tax agenda items, plus a few different ones. – Mondaq

Dothan attorney Wade Baxley dies

Longtime Dothan attorney Wade Baxley died late Thursday night after battling cancer. He was 71. Baxley, according to his firm’s website, earned his Doctorate degree in 1968 from the University of Alabama. Baxley was the son of the late circuit Judge Kenner Baxley, brother of former Alabama Attorney General and Lt. Governor Bill Baxley, and the father of Dothan city commissioner Hamp Baxley. He was a managing partner in the law firm Ramsey, Baxley and McDougle. – Dothan First

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