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Top News Links: Wednesday, May 30

Cities take first steps toward revamped passenger rail

Montgomery and Birmingham are teaming up to study possibility of reinstating passenger rail service; may expand to Mobile. — Montgomery Advertiser

Tourism bounces back after BP spill

Two years after oil spill, tourism numbers have rebounded along Gulf Coast. — Reuters

Watchdog group growls at Bachus proposal

POGO says Bachus bill to let financial advisers police themselves would create ineffective system rife with conflicts of interest. — Advisor One

Bentley says no to tax appeal law

Gov. Robert Bentley refused to sign a "taxpayer's bill of rights" bill, highly praised by state business groups, because of glitch in final bill language. — Birmingham Business Journal

Scarritt to leave Birmingham News

Key editor at Birmingham News announces plans to retire as owners announce plans to move from daily to three-day-a-week paper with digital focus. — WBHM

McCain named to securities watchdog group

Marlene McCain, an accountant with Warren Averett, has been appointed to the Alabama Securities Commission by Gov. Robert Bentley. — Warren, Averett

Gotcha!

Alfa rewards farmer who caught thieves copper-handed. — Alabama Farmers Federation

Eat Hearty

Magic City Brewfest opens Friday with 200 beers from 70 breweries. — Magic City Brewfest

Dickey's Barbecue Pit, which calls itself the world's largest barbecue chain, has announced plans for a restaurant in Montgomery. — PR Newswire

Dunkin' Donuts plans nine new stores in Birmingham. — PR Newswire

Birmingham barbecue chain Jim 'N Nick's plans pork processing plant in Morgan County. — Birmingham Business Journal

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