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Top News Links: Monday, May 5

Secretary of state race a hot contest

With no incumbent running for secretary of state, the race has become one of the most competitive on the primary election ballot June 3. – The Montgomery Advertiser

Water Works: What do CPAs know?

A critical assessment of the Birmingham Water Works that flagged numerous operating deficiencies and potential abuses is being dismissed by utility officials as largely incorrect and misleading. – al.com

Bahamasair begins regular Birmingham run

Bahamasair 936 made its first regularly scheduled nonstop international flight Saturday from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport to Freeport. The flight was brought to Birmingham by VacationExpress.com. – al.com

RFID Research Center moving to Auburn

Auburn University will soon be home to one of the world’s leading research centers in the area of radio frequency identification, or RFID, technology. In June, the RFID Research Center will move from the University of Arkansas to Auburn University, opening the door for research collaborations. – Auburn news release

Greenetrack has N.Y. competition

Orange County is the county closest to New York City eligible for one of the four casino licenses to be awarded in three regions in the state. The county's emergence as a popular site for proposed casinos has renewed the debate about where to put new the new gambling developments. "Any town can use more funds," said Jim Petro from New Windsor, where Greenetrack, a gambling company from Alabama, wants to build a 140-acre casino and resort. – Wall Street Journal

United Security Bancshares numbers down

United Security Bancshares last week reported net income of $774,000, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared with net income of $886,000, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2013. – BusinessWire

Aircraft workers end strike in Fort Rucker

Aircraft maintenance and support workers are heading back to work at Fort Rucker now that a weeklong strike ended Sunday. – Alabama's 13

Mobile loses KK, gains DQ

Cummings & Associates Inc. announced on its Facebook page last week that it has sold the former Krispy Kreme building at 1354 Government St. in midtown Mobile, and that the building will be “demolished to make way for a new Dairy Queen.” – al.com

Construction steady in March

Total construction spending remained in a holding pattern in March as strong gains in apartment construction and modest growth in homebuilding and private nonresidential activity offset falling public outlays, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data. – Associated General Contractors of America

Learn what makes Huntsville tick

Jay Snyder, president and CEO of Redstone Associates, will offer a one-day “Off the Record Conversation” at the Space and Rocket Center’s Davidson Center for Space Exploration on June 20 to share his personal views on what it takes to be successful in the Huntsville business market. – News release

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