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Top News Links: Friday, May 4

Protestors rally at Verizon shareholder meeting

Protestors from the Occupy movement rallied outside a Verizon shareholder meeting in Huntsville, protesting the CEO's $23 million salary, while union members protested cuts to their benefits. — Huntsville Times

January start date for BP trial

Federal judges sets January 14 trial date for claims against oil company. — Bloomberg Business Week

Walter sees dropping coal prices

Walter Energy, which announced plans for a new mine this week, says coal prices are dropping and pulling down the company's profits. — Market Watch

Illness linked to mercaptan spill

Residents of Eight Mile in Mobile County complain of symptoms from exposure to mercaptan spill; Mobile Gas asks for more time before turning over documentation. — Mobile Press-Register

Timber worries

Lengthy recession has timber interests worried. — Birmingham Business Journal

Senate passes tax bill for Jefferson County

Lawmakers approved a bill allowing distressed counties — in this case Jefferson — to impose jobs tax; House and governor must still act. Gov. may call special session if Legislature doesn't act. — Reuters

Hiring starts at Pharmavite

Opelika's new Pharmavite has begun hiring up to 300 workers with new vitamin plant scheduled to begin operations in January. — WSFA

TVA updates

TVA outlines plans for more natural gas, more nuclear in its power mix. — MarketWatch

Huntsville wary of TVA money split

Huntsville's Mayor Tommy Battle says a proposal to move TVA in-lieu-of-tax money out of Huntsville's budget and into surrounding communities would be a serious blow to his city; hopes bill won't move before legislature concludes. — Huntsville Times

Citizens announces dividend

Citizens Bancshares, with operations in Birmingham and Eutaw, has announced an 8-cent-per-share dividend, payable May 10. — Sacramento Bee

ISO certification for ThyssenKrupp

Mobile/Washington County steelmaker earns ISO 9001:2008 certification, a valuable step for global businesses. — Market Watch

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