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Top News Links: Monday, May 13

Legislature skirts decision on tuition tax credit eligibility

Alabama's legislators approved a controversial law that gives parents of children zoned for "failing" schools tax credits for private school tuition, but have left the decision over whether that applies to children already enrolled in private school up to the state's Revenue Department, the Associated Press Reports. — ABC 33/40

HS Automotive expanding in Enterprise

HS Automotive, which makes weatherstripping and hoses for Chrysler, Kia and Hyundai vehicles, is breaking ground today for an expansion that will add 100 jobs to the current 270 employees. — Southeast Sun

Browns Ferry nuclear plant under inspection

Trying to clear its safety record after a "red warning" over a malfunctioning valve, Browns Ferry nuclear plant at Athens will be under review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission next week. — Huntsville Times

Scrushy seeks clearance to create new healthcare business

Richard Scrushy, who created rehab leader HealthSouth before being imprisoned for a corruption conviction, is seeking to overturn a ruling that prohibits him from leading new health care enterprises, saying that he sees opportunities for efficient healthcare companies under the new federal healthcare law. — Birmingham News

Auburn's Gogue takes number 2 spot among highest paid college presidents

Jay Gogue, president of Auburn University, ranked second among the most highly paid university presidents on the annual list compiled by the Chronicle of Higher Education. — WAFF-TV

Sunrise Bank acquired by Synovus

Synovus Bank, with operations in Alabama, has acquired Georgia-based Sunrise Bank after it was closed by the FDIC. — al.com

Debt recovery call center expands in Birmingham

Portfolio Recovery Associates, a call center collecting consumer and commercial debt and municipal tax payments, is adding 200 new positions at its Birmingham office. — Birmingham News

Vulcan approves dividend

Vulcan Materials has declared a 1-cent-per-share dividend payable in June. — Birmingham News

Bastion Technologies awarded contract extension at Marshall

Texas-based Bastion Technologies has been awarded a two-year, $332 million NASA contract extension to provide safety and mission assurance services at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. — al.com

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