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Top News Links: Wednesday, May 2

New mine for Walter

Days after the legislature announced tax breaks for coal mining, Walter Energy announces plans for new underground mine in Tuscaloosa County. — Birmingham News

If they're illegal off the tribal land...

Alabama attorney general seeks federal help to prohibit electronic bingo machines at Poarch facilities, saying they're the same as those that are prohibited across the state. — Birmingham News

Who's at fault?

Attorney General Luther Strange has asked a federal court judge to move ahead with a trial to pinpoint blame for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, saying that if it's postponed till after settlement hearings in November, it may be years before liability issues are settled. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Let go in Jeffco

Jefferson County has laid off another 75 employees in 11 departments, for a total of nearly 700 layoffs in a year, as the county attempts to cope with major financial problems. — Birmingham News

Legal challenge to new Birmingham Beltway study

Environmental groups have challenged the revised impact study for the proposed beltway around Birmingham, saying it simply rehashes old information rather than addressing changing conditions like Jefferson County's bankruptcy. — Birmingham News

Coast condo sales improve

Sales and prices for Gulf Coast condos have jumped in recent months, local real estate sales people say. — Mobile Press-Register

Pell City veterans home moves toward completion

A new veterans home in St. Clair County will begin accepting application for residence soon. — St. Clair Times

Insurance dividend

Infinity Property and Casualty, based in Birmingham, has declared a dividend of $0.225 per share, to be paid in June. — Street Insider

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