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Top News Links: Friday, May 16

AEA wears out checkbook in May

The Alabama Education Association continues to push a Tennessee mailbox into the top one percent of the nation's income earners. Campaign finance records filed earlier this week show Alabama Voice of Teachers for Education spent $1.3 million between April 30 and May 9. – Montgomery Advertiser

Colombian coal production up

Colombia expects coal production to rise 4 percent in 2014 to 89.1 million tons, government officials said on Thursday, in spite of a three-month shut-down of its No. 2 miner, Alabama-based Drummond Co. Inc. – Reuters

State getting to know Mark Crosswhite

Alabama Power Co.'s CEO, Mark Crosswhite, started his new role with the state’s largest utility on March 1. Crosswhite, the former CEO at Southern Company, Alabama Power's parent firm, has since traveled the state, meeting employees and settling into the new job. – WBHM

Toomey & Co. acquired by Stirling

Stirling Properties has acquired John Toomey & Co. Inc., a commercial real estate company based in Mobile. Toomey’s portfolio of 1.8 million square feet will be integrated into Stirling Properties’ portfolio bringing the total to 15.5 million square feet. John Toomey and his team will join Stirling Properties. – Stirling news release

Summit Media names Reed new GM

Summit Media radio group wasted little time in filling an opening left after the sudden departure of executive vice president and CEO David DuBose. On Thursday, several radio industry websites reported that Summit has named veteran radio executive Greg Reed to oversee its seven Birmingham radio stations. – AL.com

Companies honored for superior goods

Four state companies won recognition this week as winners of the 2014 Manufacturer of the Year Awards. The Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network sponsor the awards. – AL.com

Don’t miss vote registration deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the June primary election in Alabama is May 23. To check registration, view a sample ballot, get information on voting an absentee ballot, or find a polling place, voters may visit Alabama’s official election website at www.alabamavotes.gov. – News release

Public schools face new threat

A new secessionist movement, anchored in the South, provides yet another reminder that “separate” still means “unequal” when it comes to the racial dynamics of the nation’s public schools. – The Nation

Small Business Week marked

As a small business owner, Jim Busby became the toast of Mobile after launching a technology company from a garage all the way to Wall Street. Busby – entrepreneur, local visionary and now second-in-command at CentraLite – spoke Thursday in Mobile as part of small business week. – AL.com

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