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Top News Links: Monday, May 14

Stingy education budget passed

Lawmakers in Alabama's House approved an education budget that's $141 million less than last year and would eliminate more than 500 teaching positions across the state. — Bloomberg Business Week

Trimming park budgets may cause big drop in tourism revenues — again

Anniston Star sees repeat woes for Alabama's start parks; remembers that last time this happened, tourism dollars dropped across the state. — Anniston Star

Fewer crops take root in Alabama

Farmers tell Associated Press interviewers that they have planted less this year, fearing that the new immigration law will once again mean too few hands to pick produce. — WPMI-TV/MSNBC

Biofuel back from brink in Baldwin

Plant built by Cello Energy, which attracted millions in investments for a business that would turn hay into black gold before going bankrupt in 2009, may be back in business under terms of a new agreement in bankruptcy court. — Mobile Press-Register

Athletics costing University of Southern Mississippi

An audit of USM athletic funds shows the program's debt has doubled and only football makes money, and even football makes only $13,000. — Hattiesburg American

French connection

Trial cancer treatment at University of Alabama at Birmingham relies on just-in-time delivery of radioactive elements from French company. — Birmingham News

Lawsuits over Books-A-Million buyout

Two separate lawsuits have been filed over a deal in which Birmingham-based bookseller Books-A-Million CEO, whose family already owned more than half the company, would buy out the remainder; investors say company was undervalued in the deal. — Bloomberg

Whose music?

Australian songwriter sues his publisher for not protecting his rights when band Alabama produced similar song. — MyFoxNY

Jefferson County squabbles continue in legislature

State representatives continue to bicker over any kind of financial relief for the state's largest county, some refusing to budge without safeguards for an indigent care facility, some neighbors holding out against occupational tax. — Birmingham News

Governor chides legislature

Gov. Robert Bentley says he's disappointed that the legislature failed to enact two of his pet projects — charter schools and new business incentives. — Birmingham News

Debate over new public defense system

Supporters and defenders of new cost-cutting measures in public defense work argue whether the new system saves money, whether it protects rights of the accused. — Anniston Star

Redstone's big boost

Redstone Arsenal contributes $11 billion worth of economic impact, more than six percent of Alabama's GDP, study says. — Huntsville Times

Marketing seafood

Alabama's $5 million seafood marketing project moves beyond advertising and into event partnership at home and beyond. — BusinessReview USA

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