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Top News Links: Thursday, March 30

Walmart reveals more on 550-job distribution center

More jobs will be coming to Mobile as a new Walmart Distribution Center is being built. The city of Mobile says that will spark growth for the port city. On Wednesday, Walmart, APM, and the City of Mobile celebrated the new plan at the APM headquarters. The new Walmart Distribution center will be located just off of I-10 near mile marker 10. – WPMI

LM wins $273M contract for missile interceptors

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a $273 million contract to Lockheed Martin to build Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ballistic missile interceptors at the company's plant in Troy. The award was for the ninth lot of missiles. Lockheed was also awarded an additional $11 million for spare parts for the THAAD system deployed by the United Arab Emirates. – WAAY

Man alleges property smothered, covered in Waffle House grease

Grease and sewage from a nearby Waffle House caused thousands of dollars in damage when it seeped onto an Alabama man's property, he said in a lawsuit. Mack Crook Jr. of Anniston is seeking $800,000 from Norcross, Georgia-based Waffle House Inc. At issue is a Waffle House in Anniston that's adjacent to Crook's property. The restaurant's "grease interceptor" has continuously leaked grease and contaminated fluid into the ground, Crook maintains in the lawsuit. – AP/USNWR

Bankrate gives state poor grade for retiring

Bankrate’s latest ranking of the best and worst states to retire finds the fun-in-the-sun places often associated with retirement may have drawbacks as we face aging issues and our savings dwindle. Retiree meccas like Florida and Arizona don’t come close to cracking our top 10, and Alabama finishes in the bottom half. – Bankrate

Alternative prison bill arises in Legislature

Two Alabama lawmakers are proposing a rival prison bill as an alternative to the governor’s construction plan to relieve overcrowding. The cornerstone of the proposal would pay sheriffs to house 1,500 state inmates in county jails. Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, a Democrat from Red Bay, and Rep. Allen Farley, a Republican from McCalla, held a press conference Wednesday on their proposal. – AlabamaNetsNet

RSI to hold third annual hackathon April 7

Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), a leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, will hold its third annual hackathon in Mobile April 7 at RSI from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. This year’s event will bring college students together to work on a project that will help protect the animals at Dixie Adoptables, a nonprofit animal shelter. – News release

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