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Top News Links: Wednesday, May 16

Big Steel for Sale

ThyssenKrupp issues official statement on plans to sell steel plants in Alabama and Brazil. They want a buyer or a partner.  Bloomberg Businessweek

Alabama Legislature updates

Legislature continues to wait for Gov. Robert Bentley's decision on whether or not he will call them into special session. – The Republic

Legislature faces last day of regular session with budget cut decisions in limbo. – The Birmingham News

State legislature passes measure to allow beer to be sold in larger containers; measure to legalize home brewing still pending. – The Washington Post

False hope?

Despite an increase in average personal income tax collections in April 2012, some states remain hesitant about spending plans. – Reuters

Surprising Success

Henry Mabry welcomes immediate, and somewhat surprising, success as executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association. – Mobile Press-Register

Jeffco tax bill under scrutiny

Bill proposing new occupational tax in Jefferson County meets opposition in the Legislature. – The Birmingham News

JPMorgan under the microscope

Alabama's Rep. Bachus and Sen. Shelby say they want to quiz JPMorgan chairman in committees hearing. Bloomberg Businessweek

Burial grounds challenge Walmart construction

Slave graves in Florence may be a road block in the construction of a new Walmart location. – New York Times

BB&T expands plans

BB&T plans to build and grow its retail franchise in the Huntsville area. – The Huntsville Times

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