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Top News Links: Thursday, May 22

Feds announcing major bust today

Federal prosecutors in Montgomery and the Internal Revenue Service are planning an announcement about indictments and arrests in a major tax fraud and identity theft case in Alabama. U.S. Attorney George Beck's office in recent years has prosecuted many cases involving fraudulent tax returns. – AP/Alabama's 13

DuBose amends complaint against Cox

Former Summit Media executive David DuBose has filed an amended complaint in his suit against his former employer, Cox Media Group, for failing to pay him $310,686.97 in bonuses he says he earned during the sale of Cox's Birmingham cluster to Summit Media. – All Access

Coast casino revenue flat in April

Coast casino revenue remained relatively flat in April -- coming in $726,000 less than 2013. Yet that was enough of a drop to put it in the books as the lowest April take since 1998, except for the year after Hurricane Katrina, when some casinos hadn't yet reopened. – Sun Herald

Smith to assume throne at Royal Cup

Royal Cup Coffee Vice President of Operations Bill Smith III will take over the role of CEO in July, succeeding his uncle, Hatton C. V. Smith, the Birmingham-based coffee and tea company announced. – AL.com

Montgomery VA hospital part of audit

The Veterans Affairs hospital in Montgomery was recently investigated by federal officials, part of a systemwide audit following allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths in the VA system nationwide. – Montgomery Advertiser

GD Copper USA opening next week

GD Copper USA, part of Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tubing Group Inc. of China, will officially mark the opening of its new plant in Wilcox County next week. The $100 million, 500,000-square-foot facility is expected to employ more than 300 people at full production, according to a news release. – AL.com

BP to seek relief in highest court

BP PLC will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling on the multibillion-dollar compensation bill the company faces over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the British energy giant said in a statement Wednesday. – CNN

TransData settles with Alabama Power

TransData Inc., a leading manufacturer of advanced solid-state electricity meters, announced Wednesday that it has licensed three of its wireless "Smart Meter Patents" to Sensus USA Inc. This agreement settles TransData's ongoing litigation with Alabama Power Company and several other utilities. – Wall Street Journal

Explosive chemical stocks poorly regulated

Little federal tracking exists for ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say. About half of the facilities using the chemical in the federal database were located in six states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. – AP

Dothan getting second Zaxby’s

A new Zaxby’s restaurant will be built just off Montgomery Highway across from Redmond Road as soon as the developer, the city and the Alabama Department of Transportation can agree on proper access in and out of the establishment. – Dothan Eagle

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