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Top News Links: Thursday, May 10

Upwardly mobile? Get out of Alabama

Research shows that Alabama is fourth worst among states for its residents' ability to move upward financially; northeastern states fare best. — Bloomberg Businessweek

School start shuffle

A bill to extend summer vacation in hopes of boosting tourism revenue is hanging in the Senate; both houses passed the bill but Gov. Bentley refused to sign. The House overruled, but the Senate put off discussion while considering immigration. — WPMI/MSNBC

Tax tango tabled

State lawmakers backed off a proposed bill allowing employers to withhold taxes from their employees checks, then apply them to business expansions rather than forwarding them to public coffers for funding education. — Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama expert talks farm subsidies

Federal farm safety net legislation in jeopardy amid pressure from other nations to end subsidies. — Western Farm Press

Drilling bids get court ok

An environmental group took to federal court to challenge acceptance of drilling bids shortly after the Deepwater Horizon spill, but federal judge in Mobile rules with government. — Mobile Press-Register

Western Gulf permits go up this year

The federal government announced plans for offering Western Gulf of Mexico oil leases this year, though master plan is not complete. — Platts

Dothan, Panama City team up for megasite

Dothan and its southern neighbors in Florida team up to developed border area industrial megasite near I-10. - Panama City News Herald

Immigration law

Cities face complications in routine business because of paperwork requirements from new immigration law; many potential vendors haven't completed E-Verify paperwork. — Anniston Star

Attempt to repeal law fails in Senate.  — Birmingham News

Insurance bills headed to governor

A package of bills designed to give insurance companies more flexibility in return for more accountability heads to governor for review. — FOX10-TV

Daniel Corp. to develop Reynolds Plantation

MetLife has agreed to acquire the Reynolds Plantation near Atlanta and chosen Alabama's Daniel Corp.to oversee the golf courses, marinas, land and lodge at Lake Oconee. – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alabama climate data debated

Climate data studies by University of Alabama scientists fuel debate in the global climate change debates. — Science 20

New life for Music Hall of Fame

Northwest Shoals Community College, hungry for land to expand, gets 40 acres from Music Hall of Fame in return for keeping the facility open. — WAAY-TV

Austal confident in face of challenge

Austal's ships will meet the challenge of a congressional review of the U.S. combat ship program — several being built by Austal USA in Mobile — company's Australian CEO says. — Perth Now

Alabama among state to receive Depakote settlement

Alabama and 44 other states will share in $1.5 billion settlement over Abbott Laboratories promotion of drug Depakote. — West Virginia Record

Overtime suit

Four employees of a North Alabama Burger King have filed suit, saying their hours were adjusted to avoid paying them overtime. — Huntsville Times

Medical Properties Trust announces first quarter results

Birmingham-based medical property manager completed Florence hospital and several acquisitions, but net income was down slightly from last year. - Market Watch

Fun destination in Orange Beach

Convention South magazine has honored Caribe Resort in Orange Beach as its Best Family Fun Resort in the Southeast. — pr.com 

Home store closing in Sylacauga

After nearly 40 years, Sylacauga's branch of Marvin's Building Materials and Home Center is closing; other locations remain open. Four-state chain was founded in Gadsden in 1945. — Daily Home

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