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Top News Links: Wednesday, May 8

Updates from the state Capitol

As the 2013 legislative session winds down, lawmakers  are polishing up their work on a variety of issues:

Major changes planned for Alabama Medicaid program. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Senate's education budget includes 2 percent raise for teachers. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Home brew bill heads to governor for signature. — ABC 33/40

Accountability Act still under discussion. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Elmore schools urge repeal of Accountability Act — Wetumpka Herald

PSC reviewing utility rates

The Alabama Public Service Commission expects to rule in June on Mobile Gas rates and starts a review today of Alabama Power rates, the Associated Press reports. — WNCF-TV

Jefferson bankruptcy workout could short bondholders

Jefferson County's bankruptcy may see a workout plan schedule this week, and analysts are already considering how any plan that shorts bondholders would affect rates for Alabama and its municipalities in future bond sales. — Reuters

Drillers tap big reserve on Energen, Cimarex site in Texas

EOG Resources says it has tapped a major oil shale site on an Energen and Cimarex Energy site in Texas. — Barron's

Two more Alabama contractors added to Airbus project team

Hoar Program Managements, leading the Airbus assembly line construction project team in Mobile, has added Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie to do piles and foundations and Covenant Steel of Dothan to handle building steel and the envelope. — Hoar PR

Whole Foods picks Mobile

Upscale grocer Whole Foods announced today that Mobile is one of 10 cities where the chain will expand in 2014 or later. — Whole Foods

Alabama tourism grows

State tourism official says tourism is up 5 percent and that visitors are now coming from farther away than in earlier post-September 11 years. — al.com 

Anniston incinerator closed

The Anniston Army Depot incinerator officially closed yesterday, a year after it finished completing its mission to destroy a stockpile of chemical weapons. — al.com

Walter execs spark stock price increase

News that Walter Energy executives and directors were buying shares sent stock prices up 10 percent at midmorning, according to SeekingAlpha. — Birmingham News

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