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Top News Links: Thursday, May 3

Possible relief for Jefferson County

Legislators paved the way for an occupational tax for bankrupt Jefferson County, but tie potential revenue to sewer rates. — Birmingham News

UA green startup gets major investment

Inventure Renewables, which works in the University of Alabama innovation center to develop green chemicals, got $5 million in financing from Singapore's Wilmar International. — Birmingham News

Controversial tax bill passes

Redistribution plans for cigarette tax revenue in Randolph, Clay and Chambers county have passed the legislature; some residents seek veto. — Randolph Leader

Court ponders environmental concerns over new Shell wells

A federal appeals court in Atlanta heard arguments from environmental groups, urging the court to overturn permission for Shell to drill new wells near the site of the deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster two years ago. — Canadian Business

Constitution changes head to voters

A committee working to revise Alabama's constitution recommended several "easy" changes for voter approval. — Montgomery Advertiser

Construction shows big job loss in Anniston-Oxford

New statistics from the Associated General Contractors list the Anniston-Oxford area as one of the hardest hit for the drop in new construction jobs. The region has 20 percent fewer jobs — about 200 jobs — than last year.  — AGC of America

Disaster aid check from Verizon

Communications company Verizon presented Gov. Robert Bentley with $100,000 for the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund in honor of the one-year anniversary of last year's deadly tornado outbreak. — Huntsville Times

First the casino, then the court

A Lee County resident who saw all the bells and whistles of a jackpot at a Creek casino only to have tribal officials say the machine had malfunctioned, lost again yesterday when a Montgomery County judge said it's a tribal matter and he has no authority. — WPMI/MSNBC

All bets are off

Kentucky Derby wagering is off limits this Saturday at Birmingham Race Course and Victoryland; officials blame state horsemen. — Birmingham News

Fountain help

Alexander City's Robinson Iron offers to help Massachusetts town save its historic fountain. — Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Precision measurement firm opens in Birmingham

Mitutoyo America Corp. is opening its M3 Solution Center in Birmingham, the first in the Southeast. The firm offers products and services for metrology — precision measurement. — Quality Magazine

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