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Top News Links: Wednesday, March 25

Alabama in the middle of middle income

With less than a month until the income tax filing deadline for most Americans, a recent study identified the best and worst states for low-income earners, and Alabama ranks right in the middle at 25. Alabama’s middle-income earners ranked 20th, and those in the high income bracket ranked ninth. – TimesDaily

Bentley: Even if it takes 10 special sessions

Governor Robert Bentley told a group of business and community leaders Monday during a speech in Birmingham’s Harbert Center that he will get his tax hike proposals passed, even if he has to call for 10 special sessions of the Legislature. – Yellowhammer

Hamrick named as Harbert retail VP

Harbert Realty Services, a division of Harbert Management Corporation announced the firm has named Keith Hamrick as Vice President of Retail Services. Hamrick will direct and build upon Harbert’s retail services platform that includes retail development, tenant representation and landlord representation services including leasing, property management and corporate services. – News release

Baron Services wins $1.3M Army contract

A leading weather technology company in Huntsville was recently selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide critical weather intelligence in northern Alaska. Baron Services said it has been awarded a $1.38 million contract to deliver weather radar services at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center. – AL.com

USNS Trenton passes sea trials

The fifth Joint High Speed Vessel has completed its acceptance trials ahead of a planned delivery to U.S. Military Sealift Command later this year, according to a Tuesday statement from Naval Sea Systems Command. USNS Trenton was built by Austal USA in Mobile. – USNI.org

Cities struggle with Sunday booze woes

The city councils for Wetumpka and Millbrook will meet today to discuss the implementation of Sunday alcohol sales and draft beer sales. A bill authorizing both was recently passed by the Alabama Legislature. Both cities had tried unsuccessfully numerous times to get the legislation approved. – Montgomery Advertiser

Druid City Brewing takes over Tuscaloosa

As of Wednesday morning, Druid City Brewing Company became the first ever to legally sell beer exclusively brewed and bottled in Tuscaloosa. That's as far as co-owner and brewmaster Bo Hicks can tell, anyway. – AL.com

Suit claims Alabama A&M money missing

A new lawsuit claims Alabama A&M University stole hundreds of thousands of dollars. The suit claims everything from breach of contract to theft. According to the lawsuit, The United States Agency for International Development handed Alabama A&M University about $14.2 million to help bring textbooks and educational materials to children in Ethiopia as part of a project called Textbooks and Learning Materials Program. The lawsuit claims more than $300,000 is missing. – WAFF

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