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Top News Links: Monday, March 28

Mother Mary Angelica dies at 92

Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, a Catholic nun who started a TV station that grew into a religious media giant, died on Easter Sunday, according to her company. She was 92. Mother Angelica launched Eternal World Television Network in 1981 from a garage at a monastery in Irondale, Alabama. – WTKR

Zipcar coming to Huntsville this week

City leaders will gather this week to celebrate the launch of Zipcar, a car-sharing network arriving Tuesday in Huntsville. Mayor Tommy Battle and Downtown Huntsville Inc. CEO Chad Emerson will join Zipcar officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday in front of the DHI headquarters. – AL.com

Judge rules law student can cancel bar exam loan

A bankruptcy judge in Brooklyn, New York, has ruled that a Pace University law grad can cancel the unpaid portion of a $15,000 loan to study for the bar exam. The 2009 Pace law grad, Lesley Campbell, didn’t pass the bar exam, according to the Wall Street Journal. After graduation, she went to work in a secretarial job at a hotel-management company where she earned $49,000 a year. She has a new job reviewing legal documents and plans to take the bar exam again in February. Her total student-loan debt was nearly $300,000. – ABA Journal.com

Airbus Spaceplane may be future of space tourism

Airbus, whose Alabama manufacturing center just launched its first jetliner, is now developing the Spaceplane – a vehicle designed to bring cargo or paying passengers into suborbital space. The Spaceplane has been in the works since 2006, when Astrium, then a subsidiary of EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company) began developing the vehicle. Development slowed down in 2011, but the company has continued to work on the project. – RoomEU.com

Job totals trail pre-recession levels in Alabama

Ten U.S. states still have not regained all the jobs they lost in the Great Recession, even after six and a half years of recovery. The figures suggest why many Americans feel the improvement has passed them by. Alabama's job total last month trails its pre-recession level by 2.7 percent, second only to Wyoming, which had 3 percent fewer jobs than December 2007. – AP/Pilot Online

The good news, bad news on higher gas prices

It's spring break time in Alabama with many students and families either returning or leaving for vacation. But even if you're having a staycation or just going about your normal routine, you're automobile is going to need gas at some point. So which would you prefer first – the good news or the bad news? – AL.com

Mobile no longer giving just lip service to contract diversity

In the end, it comes down to fresh asphalt hitting the streets and new concrete being poured to form clean unbroken sidewalks.  Still, a city contract got caught up in the sometimes fractious discussion about another major initiative, one that could have effects on Mobile's future as lasting as any construction project. – AL.com

Sabans to own 50 percent of new Mercedes dealership

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and his wife will own a 50 percent stake in the new Mercedes-Benz of Music City dealership planned in Nashville. Construction should begin this summer on the 60,000-square-foot dealership, expected to open in a year. – Tennessean.com

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