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Top News Links: Tuesday, May 6

Development news in Huntsville today

Leaders are making an economic development announcement today they say will create jobs statewide and particularly in the Tennessee Valley of north Alabama. Gov. Robert Bentley's office has scheduled an event for Tuesday afternoon in the old House chamber. – Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama 2012 farming census released

According to the Alabama 2012 Census of Agriculture, released this week, both Alabama sales and production expenses reached record highs in 2012. Alabama producers sold $5.57 billion worth of agricultural products, but it cost them $4.7 billion to produce these products. – USDA

Badly written laws cost good money

Alabama has agreed to pay another $230,000 to civil rights groups that sued over Alabama’s immigration law. The agreement announced Monday brings the total paid by the state government to $580,000 and stemmed from a 2011 suit over a portion of the law that barred business transactions between the state and anyone who could not prove citizenship. – AP/Fox10TV

Moonshine Task Force staying busy

Call it Woods Whiskey, Hooch, Moonshine or White Lightning, the illegal liquor trade is alive and thriving in 2014 Alabama. The Moonshine Task Force goes after the bootleggers and moonshiners who supply a vast underground market. – USA Today

Mobile acquiring a Gander Mountain

Westwood Plaza in Mobile will soon welcome Gander Mountain, the seventh Alabama location for the fast-growing St. Paul, Minn.-based outdoor specialty outfitter. – al.com

Samford students win $20K in competition

A creative group of Samford University students are thousands of dollars richer after competing in the 2014 Regions New Venture Challenge business plan competition, hosted by Regions Bank. – Alabama's 13

She’s an angel in trucking

Nelly Gabriel came to Florence in 1997 and founded a trucking company in a male-dominated industry. Since opening Gabriel Trucking, she has watched it grow to 11 trucks and 15 employees. – TimesDaily.com

Alabama Power packs social media voltage

A recent analysis of American electric utilities sought to measure how responsive those companies are to their customers on social media channels – and Alabama Power finished at the top of the list. – MarketWatch

Regions to have role in SEC Network

Regions Bank and ESPN have announced that Regions will continue its 21-year position as the Official Bank of the SEC and is now the newest sponsor of the soon-to-be-launched SEC Network. – Regions news release

Heritage Financial to be part of conference

Heritage Financial Group Inc., the holding company for HeritageBank of the South, today announced that its management will present at the 19th Annual Gulf South Bank Conference, which takes place May 12-14 in New Orleans. HeritageBank of the South serves Georgia, Florida and Alabama. – BusinessWire

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