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Top News Links: Thursday, May 1

Company bringing 110 jobs to Leeds

Iowa-based Engineered Plastic Components Inc. plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Leeds, a $7.3 million project that will create 110 jobs in three years. The auto supplier is purchasing a 75,144-square-foot office and warehouse building in the Birmingham suburb, its first Alabama location. – al.com

PAC gives $100,000 to Hubbard challenger

The Alabama Foundation for Limited Government gave Stop Common Core PAC $700,000 between March 25 and April 24, according to campaign finance reports. On Sunday, Stop Common Core gave $100,000 to a Republican challenger to House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn. – Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama unveils new official website

The State of Alabama today unveiled its new and improved official website, Alabama.gov. With the award-winning website’s sleek and simplistic silhouette, visitors can easily discover useful local, state, and federal government information. – Businesswire

ASC still worried about bitcoin plans

The Alabama Securities Commission today issued an investor advisory on the risks associated with virtual currencies. ASC previously released a public warning on February 25, 2014, just prior to the collapse of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. – InsuranceNewsNet.com

Regions launches Wealth Insights

Regions Bank has announced the launch of Wealth Insights, a new feature of regions.com designed to offer current and prospective customers comprehensive information to help strengthen their investment portfolios, bolster their planning for retirement, grow wealth and protect investments. – Regions news release

HealthSouth survives cold first quarter

Birmingham-based HealthSouth Corp. this week blamed severe weather, weak patient volume and Medicare reimbursement for its lower net income in the first quarter. The company saw a 6.7% decrease in net income in the first quarter despite a 3.2% increase in net operating revenue. – ModernHealthcare.com

Baker Donelson opens third Florida office

Baker Donelson has opened an office in Tallahassee, marking the law firm's third new location in Florida in three years. Chairman and CEO Ben C. Adams says that expanding into Tallahassee allows Baker Donelson to better serve clients and positions the firm for continued growth in Florida. – Baker Donelson news release

Garage doors may open to disaster

A solid roof and standing walls will increase your tornado-surviving odds, but light-weight garage doors can be the weak link to allowing high winds and pressure changes, according to University of Alabama researchers. – UA.edu

Intergraph broadens Mobile Responder app

Intergraph's Mobile Responder smartphone and tablet application is now available on BlackBerry 10 smartphones. With the new release, public safety agencies can extend Intergraph's computer-aided dispatch software, I/CAD, to a variety of BlackBerry models. – News release

Megabus expanding routes through Mobile

Megabus.com, the popular city-to-city, express bus company with fares from $1, today announced expansion to/from Miami, Tallahassee and Tampa, Florida. Additionally, megabus.com is opening a new route, connecting Orlando and New Orleans, with service through Gainesville and Tallahassee, Florida; as well as Mobile. – Megabus news release

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