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Top News Links: Wednesday, March 16

Raytheon to unveil new Patriot radar in Huntsville

Raytheon is set to unveil its new Patriot air and missile defense system today at the U.S. Army Global Force Symposium and Expo in Huntsville. Built at the company's Massachusetts-based GaN foundry, the GaN TRLRUs are the heart of the radar and are identical to the ones used for the rear-panel arrays. – Army-Tech.com

State Senate passes bill to end marriage licenses

The Alabama Senate on Tuesday voted to do away with state-issued marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage. Senators approved the bill 23-3, sending it to the Alabama House of Representatives. – AP/Seattle Times

Gas tax to fund road work introduced in House

Alabama lawmakers are considering a proposal to raise the state gasoline tax to fund road and bridge construction. Republican Rep. Mac McCutcheon introduced the bill Tuesday. The proposal would raise the tax by six cents per gallon. – AP/WDEF

Bentley visits riot scene, has dire predictions

Alabama faces more prison uprisings unless the problems of overcrowding and understaffing are addressed, Gov. Robert Bentley said Tuesday as he visited a maximum-security facility that has seen two violent disturbances in the last several days. "What we have today in Alabama makes it dangerous not just for the inmates, but for our guards and our wardens. We want to minimize that," he said at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. – AP/Baytown Sun

Alabama Power changes up leadership roles

Alabama Power is making changes to the company's leadership, effective March 28. Quentin Riggins, vice president of Governmental Relations, has been elected senior vice president responsible for Governmental and Corporate Affairs. Alexia Borden, a partner in the Montgomery office of Balch & Bingham LLC, has been elected vice president with responsibility for Governmental Affairs. – TWST.com

BAE Systems cited in call for executive order

The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order would require any company applying for large contracts with federal agencies to disclose its violations of federal labor laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act over the previous three years. A new report cites BAE Systems in Mobile as being an example of why it’s needed. – CMD

Drilling down into Trump’s appeal

Supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump often ask: Why are they (liberals) allowed to do things that we’re not allowed to do? “Democrats won’t renounce hate groups like Black Lives Matter, which are just as extreme on the other side as the Klan,” Randy Lawson, a 48-year-old business owner in Moulton, Alabama, said. – The Atlantic

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