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Top News Links: Thursday, March 24

Bentley: It’s not what you think, but I’m sorry

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley denied at a news conference Wednesday that he and a top aide had a sexual affair after explicit recordings of him became public. Bentley did not deny the legitimacy of the recordings but told the press that they were made two years ago and, since then, he has made apologies to his family and that of the aide, Rebekah Mason, a former spokeswoman and policy adviser. "I am truly sorry, and I accept full responsibility," said Bentley." – CNN/KSPR

National media’s field day with ‘family values’ governor

While running for governor in 2010, Alabama’s Robert Bentley emphasized his “family values” credentials. The Republican candidate not only ran ads featuring his wife and family, but Bentley also said he believes so strongly in the sanctity of traditional marriage that as far as he’s concerned, when same-sex couples wed, their marriages should be dismissed as “social experiments.” – MSNBC

Boeing likely to miss initial tanker delivery date

Boeing Co. is likely to miss the first major requirement of its $51 billion tanker program for the U.S. Air Force: delivering the initial 18 aerial refueling planes by August 2017, according to the Pentagon agency that oversees contracts. The Defense Contract Management Agency said it “has low confidence in Boeing’s ability” to meet the milestone. Airbus initially won the contract to build the tankers in Alabama but lost the work when Boeing challenged the Air Force’s decision. – Bloomberg

Pepsi/UAB sign hits a stumbling block

The Birmingham Design Review Committee voted not to allow a new sign to go up in place of the Pepsi sign at its meeting Wednesday morning. 84 Outdoor, a Pennsylvania billboard company, asked the committee to approve their design for a UAB billboard atop the 17-story Two North Twentieth building - but the company's attorney, Alton Parker, said the company was before them as a courtesy. – AL.com

Georgia lawmakers face spanking from Disney

Walt Disney Co. is threatening to no longer film in the state of Georgia if an anti-gay bill is signed into law. The Free Exercise Protection Act is on the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal, who must sign or veto it by May 3. – LA Times

Can states like Alabama benefit from startup cost cutting?

As unicorn startups send customer service out of high-cost cities, is Silicon Valley exporting its prosperity, or just dead-end jobs? A look at 10 employees who got on at Lyft in San Francisco, several with law degrees, who found themselves invited to move (with the department) cross country to the South, where everything’s cheaper. – BackChannel.com

Danby Products to open facility in Saraland

Appliance manufacturer Danby Products will open a distribution warehouse in Saraland to serve customers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and parts of Texas. The operations will be located in a 125,000 square-foot facility that will include a small factory outlet retail store. The company will eventually employ 25 full-time workers. – News release

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