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Top News Links: Thursday, May 24

Three major Alabama papers to cut to three days a week

The Birmingham News, Mobile Press Register and Huntsville Times will all cut to three-day-a-week publication beginning this fall, owner Newhouse group announces, as will New Orleans paper; focus shifting to digital coverage with fewer staff. — al.com

Securities charges filed in Auburn

Alabama Securities Commission authorities contend that John Stroud, who is a business partner of former Auburn coach Tom Tuberville, violated state securities laws. — Opelika-Auburn News

Sikorsky unveils new design

Workers at Sikorsky's Troy facility have completed work on a structural upgrade of its S-61T for diplomatic use by the State Department. — Troy Messenger

Schools days

As local school districts scramble to meet newly mandated school year start and end dates, state school chief urges districts to keep 180 day calendars if possible, but says he'll support individual district decisions. — Mobile Press-Register

Seafood struggles

Alabama seafood industry fights effects of oil spill and economy. — Montgomery Advertiser

Auburn study shows that sales are off 10 percent since spill. — Birmingham Business Journal

Cook at the Apple helm

Fortune reviews Alabama native Tim Cook's first year leading high-tech giant Apple. — Fortune

Equal pay advocate working Wisconsin election

Alabamian Lilly Ledbetter, who helped change national equal pay rules, is helping groups trying to recall Wisconsin governor. — Cap Times

Open and shut

Big Lots opening in Northport to replace storm-damaged Tuscaloosa site. — Tuscaloosa News

O'Charley's restaurant chain announces plans to close 14 stores, including some in Alabama. — Nashville Post

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