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Top News Links: Thursday, May 31

Fields without workers

Alabama's tough immigration law means fewer workers, fewer crops, but maybe some more minimum-wage jobs for citizens. — Reuters

Family squabble

Members of the family that founded Vulcan Materials have stepped into the legal squabbles between Vulcan and its smaller rival Martin Marietta Materials — taking the side of the rival. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Dropping unemployment rates show economic pick up

Several Alabama cities among nation's leaders for improving unemployment rates. — Birmingham News

Alabama construction numbers drop

Leading construction-watch magazine says Alabama's construction business is sharply down this April compared to last April. — Birmingham Business Journal

Scrap metal law seeks to thwart thieves

Alabama's new scrap metal law is designed to discourage theft and resale of valuable metals. — Mobile Press-Register

RSA investments create big payback

A new study shows that Retirement Systems of Alabama investments of some $4 billion in Alabama projects over the past 21 years have added some $28 billion to the state's GDP. — Montgomery Advertiser

Profits up at Tate & Lyle

British sweetener maker Tate & Lyle, which recently reopened a Sucralose plant near Mobile, reports profits up higher than expectations. — Reuters

What's beneath proposed Walmart site?

Archeologists from the University of Alabama have joined the team trying to determine what lies beneath a proposed Walmart development in Florence. — Times Daily

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