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Top News Links: Thursday, March 10

Kay Palan named dean of Culverhouse College

Dr. Kay M. Palan, dean of Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University, has been named dean of The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce. Palan has been dean and professor of marketing at the Haworth College of Business since 2010 and brings more than 25 years of experience in academics. The move is effective July 1. – UA News

Lawmakers say General Fund still a work in progress

The General Fund got a little more money in a House committee version of the $1.848 billion budget, with a bit more for Medicaid, Corrections and state employee health insurance. But the increases in the General Fund, passed on a voice vote Wednesday, are short of what Medicaid needs to function and don’t address structural issues with funding state services. – Montgomery Advertiser

Lawmakers question Bentley’s new four-prison plan

Some senators Wednesday questioned Gov. Robert Bentley's proposal to build four new prisons as the massive construction project heads to its first legislative test. Bentley has asked lawmakers to approve an $800 million bond issue to build four large prisons and shutter most existing correctional facilities in the state. Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, said he had concerns about the assertion that the consolidation would save enough money to pay back the bond issue. – AP/BayTown Sun

Alabama couple admits to $5.9M used car fraud scheme

Authorities say an Alabama couple has admitted to using their used car business to defraud 65 financial institutions to the tune of $5.9 million. Federal prosecutors in Nashville say Douglas Scott and Azar Ardestani, both of New Market, Alabama, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Authorities say that as part of their scheme they would secure a loan to purchase a care and then seek multiple loans on the same vehicle from other financial institutions. – AP/LDR

Farmworkers want to march on West Palm Beach

A farmworkers coalition will march through Palm Beach near the home of a billionaire fast-food executive, but a federal judge will decide how loud the demonstration will be. Attorneys for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, which represents about 40,000 workers, and the town argued Wednesday over the group's scheduled march Saturday near the home of Wendy's chairman Norman Peltz. The town wants to limit the noise to 64 decibels — about the level of two men talking — and keep the expected 500 marchers on the sidewalk. The coalition wants to use loudspeakers that could be heard four blocks away. – AP/KSL

LIVE Design Group project under way in Pell City

Victory Christian Church in Pell City is undergoing a major design transformation for their facility located off of I-20 in partnership with LIVE Design Group and Johnson Kreis Construction. Renovations are scheduled to be completed mid-April. LIVE Design Group is an architecture and interior design firm specializing in Worship facilities. – News release

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