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Top News Links: Wednesday, May 23

No help, no payment

Rebuffed by the legislature in attempts to balance its books with a reinstated tax, Jefferson County commissioners voted yesterday to skip a second general obligation bond payment in October. — Chicago Tribune

UK launches probe into financial transactions

UK government investigating loan-swap procedures that have ransacked governments from Jefferson County to Milan, Italy. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Alabama April homes sales up

Sales of homes across Alabama were up 3 percent from last April, and average prices rose, too. — Birmingham News

Hashing out helicopters

Balancing current needs against future improvements key to helicopter conference in Huntsville. — Huntsville Times

Medicaid management issues

Leader of Alabama's Medicaid program calls for financial supervisor, but says program should be government managed, not private. — Montgomery Advertiser

New wireless service launched in Alabama

Voyager Mobile, based in Tennessee, has launched a new, contract-free phone service, including talk, text and data. — PC World

New restaurant in Tuscaloosa

Gulf Shores-based Shrimp Basket opens new store in Tuscaloosa, first away from Gulf Coast. — Tuscaloosa News

Noose found at nuke plant

Four the fifth time in four years, a noose has been found hanging at a TVA power facility; utility promises investigation. — Huntsville Times

Metal recycler faces criminal charges

Owner of a Pelham metal recycling facility has been charged with violations of metals recycling law. — Shelby County Reporter

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