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Top News Links: Thursday, March 16

Efforts made to keep bird flu from spreading

Until further notice in Alabama, bringing chickens or any type of birds together for exhibition or sale is banned, including at regional and county fairs, festivals, swap meets, live bird markets, auctions and flea markets. State agriculture officials issued that "stop movement" Wednesday as the investigation continues into three suspected cases of avian flu in the northern part of the state. "There is no risk for people," a state spokeswoman said. "This is different from the strain in Asia, and there is no evidence it spreads to people." – AL.com

TVA prepares to sell 900 acres around Muscle Shoals

The Tennessee Valley Authority is preparing to sell much of the land where it was first created in 1933 as the federal utility continues to pare its holdings in an era of leaner government and stagnant power demand. TVA said Wednesday it has hired CBRE real estate services to market about 900 acres of its Muscle Shoals Reservation property in northwest Alabama near the Wilson Dam where TVA was headquartered when it was first created by President Roosevelt. – TimesFreePress

Regions Bank releases its Social Responsibility Report

Regions Bank on Wednesday released its Social Responsibility Report highlighting a diverse range of community service initiatives throughout 2016. The report, titled "Doing More," shares examples of how Regions' associates, customers and communities are creating solutions to make lives better. – News release

Birmingham Water Works bilked by investor scheme

The Birmingham Water Works has been had. The agency's pension fund was bilked out of $4.3 million in a 2014 "Ponzi-style" scheme tied to a sketchy bond deal that cheated the issuer - the Oglala Sioux Indian tribe - as well as unwitting investors like Birmingham. – AL.com

Girl Scouts recognize Beasley Allen law firm

Montgomery-based Beasley Allen received a double helping of recognition from the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) March 14, as the group celebrated the impact of women leaders in the community and applauded organizations and businesses that support girls’ and women’s leadership and success. – News release

Baker named chancellor of community college system

The Alabama Community College System board of trustees voted today to appoint acting chancellor Jimmy H. Baker as chancellor starting April 1. Baker, who has served as acting chancellor for more than six months, will replace Mark Heinrich, who decided to retire after a prolonged illness kept him away from the job. – News release

Water operator training courses offered at Wallace State

Wallace State Community College’s Training for Business and Industry program announces a new Drinking Water Operators Program in advance of an expected rise in job opportunities. The accelerated job training is being driven by the potential for job openings due to the fact that many operators are reaching retirement age within the next five years. – News release

Japan automakers say they want to work with Trump

Japan’s auto industry, under increasing trade pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, has struck a conciliatory note, saying it is open to addressing American grievances and even defending the president’s stance as a “natural” job-building strategy, not protectionism. – Automotive News

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