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Top News Links: Friday, May 3

Daimler's Euro workers pressured

The Mercedes-Benz U.S. operations are where the money is, as Europe and its workers are pressured by economics.  — Wall Street Journal

Mercedes remains neutral on UAW organizing 

Wilfried Porth, Director of Human Resources at Daimler, Mercedes-Benz's parent, remained neutral on the UAW effort in a recent interview stating, "The workers are free to decide if they want to be represented by the union or not." — Detroit Free Press

Raytheon agrees to pay fine

Raytheon Company has reached an agreement with the U.S. State Department to pay a $4 million fine and invest in additional compliance measures for violations of federal arms control regulations. — al.com

Belk grows bigger and better

Belk, a Southern-based retailer celebrating its 125th year in business, has continued to grow in a tough economy largely by embracing modern retail strategies, especially e-commerce shopping trends. — Forbes

Raise taxes, please?

Representatives from the Huntsville-Madison County Lodging Association have requested that the Huntsville City Council raise the local lodging tax 1 percent in an effort to generate extra funds that officials from the Huntsville-Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Von Braun Center and Huntsville Sports Commission could use to go after more and bigger conventions. — al.com 

New jobs landing in Andalusia

Vector Aerospace will announce details today about a $3 million expansion expected to generate as many as 75 new jobs in Andalusia. — al.com

Tax breaks to reduce hazardous waste fee

The tax breaks given by the Alabama Legislature to encourage new jobs now include hazardous wastes will reduce the fees for burying hazardous wastes at Chemical Waste Management's giant landfill in Emelle. — Decatur Daily

UAH, HudsonAlpha team up to stop invasive plants

University of Alabama in Huntsville assistant biology professor Dr. Leland Cseke and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology researcher Dr. Jian Han have joined forces to identify invasive plant species that are sneaking into the United States. — uah.edu

Middle class and poor pay most taxes in Alabama

A new report on the size and burden of the taxes Alabamians pay shows that the middle class and poor citizens pay the heaviest load of state and local taxes in Alabama. — Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama Report

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