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Top News Links: Wednesday, May 22

Court layoffs likely, Moore says

Chief Justice Roy Moore says that the state's appropriation for courts, while up slightly from original plans, is still not sufficient and that he expects layoffs of some 150 employees when the new fiscal year starts. — WNCF-TV

Alabamians second worst for delinquent credit cards

A new survey by TransUnion ranks Alabama second for its credit card delinquency rate, with 0.94 percent of accounts 90 or more days behind; Alabama is second to Mississippi, the only state with more than 1 percent of accounts delinquent. — TransUnion

Southerners favor Medicaid expansion, poll shows

While governors and lawmakers in five Deep South States, including Alabama, oppose expansion of Medicaid services, a new poll shows that residents of those states heavily favor the expansion. — The State

Summer Classics, Pelham reach deal for Moore-Handley site

Outdoor furniture maker Summer Classics will consolidate its manufacturing, warehouses and offices to the former Moore-Handley site on Highway 31 in Pelham. — Birmingham News

Advanced Technical Avionics expanding in Ardmore

Advanced Technical Avionics, which opened last year to make custom cables, wire harnesses and related products, is expanding at its original site in Ardmore and looking for additional property for further expansion. — Decatur Daily

Mobile real estate firm fined on discrimination claim

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development fined Mobile real estate firm LLB&B Inc. $29,000 as a discrimination penalty, because an agent refused to show a potential homebuyer a condominium because of race; the firm subsequently let the agent go. — Alabama RealEstateRama

Legislator says he'll try quarry limits bill again next year

A lawmaker near the site of a controversial quarry at Gurley says he'll reintroduce a bill next year to prohibit quarries within three miles of schools. — al.com

Apple talks taxes before Congress

Under fire for his company's tax strategies, Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the actions and contended that Apple and other multi-nationals are complying with U.S. tax laws, but can't afford to bring money home due to high corporate tax rate. — Washington Post

Regions sets up Oklahoma tornado relief fund

Regions Bank has opened a tornado relief fund to aid victims of this week's devastating storms in Oklahoma; donations to the tax-deductible fund for the Red Cross will be accepted at all Regions locations across 16 states. — Regions PR

Airbus adds staffer in Mobile

Christopher Johnson has been hired as customers manager for the new Airbus assembly line under construction in Mobile; he is the second person hired for Airbus in Alabama. — Airbus PR

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