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Top News Links: Friday, May 1

State lawmakers get lottery bill homework

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh has prepared draft legislation to allow a lottery and multiple casinos in the state. Marsh gave senators a copy of the bill Thursday to take home over the weekend. Marsh said it was the framework of the proposal and he is seeking input from senators. He said he might introduce the bill next week. – AP/SFChronicle

McAfee: Bad people still after me

Deep in the heart of the Bible Belt, John McAfee, the tech millionaire, eccentric and one-time fugitive, appears to have finally settled down – in his way. A few months shy of his 70th birthday, McAfee, as famous for his plentiful eccentricities as the anti-virus software he created, is living somewhat in the open again, this time in Lexington, Tennessee, a rustic and unassuming town with a population of less than 8,000. He’s also lending his talents to start-up interests in Alabama. – The Guardian

O’Neal-owned distributor gets contract

A Pennsylvania metals distributor owned by O'Neal Industries of Birmingham has been awarded a five-year federal contract as a Metals Prime Vendor for Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)Troop Support. The Government Business Unit of TW Metals in Exton, Pa., will provide pipe and tube, bar and rods, wire, sheet, plate, valves and fittings to defense-related customers in an eight-state Southeast region. The firm's projected revenue could exceed $20 million annually, with a maximum of $40 million. – AL.com

Honda supplier to expand in Clanton

Honda supplier Kumi Manufacturing Alabama has announced a $2.2 million expansion that will fuel additional job growth and allow the company to conduct its research and development in-house, according to a press release. Kumi manufactures plastic injection molded components, both interior and exterior, for Honda’s Odyssey and Pilot models, as well as the Acura MDX, which are all assembled in Honda’s plant in Lincoln. The 40,000-square foot expansion will include an expanded innovation department for the company to conduct safety testing for existing and future products. – Clanton Advertiser

TVA sees income up, expenses down

The Tennessee Valley Authority reported Friday a net income of $577 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2015, a $349 million increase compared with the same period last year. Total operating expenses through the second quarter ended March 31, 2015, were $392 million lower than the same time last year, primarily because of lower fuel and purchased power expenses, and lower operating and maintenance costs. – Blackbird

CSPI Q1 results miss expectations

Computer Programs and Systems Inc. (CPSI) on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $5.4 million. On a per-share basis, the Mobile, Alabama-based company said it had net income of 49 cents. The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 56 cents per share. –  AP/Yahoo Finance

New plan: Get rid of marriage licenses

A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that would get rid of the license requirement for couples seeking to marry. Although the bill does not explicitly address the issue, Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, the bill's sponsor, told Senate Judiciary Committee members that the bill was a reaction to the standoff between a federal court and the Alabama Supreme Court over the legal status of same-sex marriage. Albritton described it as a way of "bringing order out of chaos." – Montgomery Advertiser

Aliant Bank changes name to USAmeriBank

Aliant Bank, whose Birmingham regional office is based on U.S. 280, has changed its name to USAmeriBank, its parent company, as part of a rebranding effort. Since 2011, Aliant has been operating as “a division of USAmeriBank.” The name change to USAmeriBank, which is being implemented at all of its offices beginning this week, is a logical next step to better show that the bank’s Alabama and Florida operations are one unified entity, according to a bank release. – 280 Living

ACUA, Alabama One duel in court

The Alabama Credit Union Administration told an Alabama court that a recent cease and desist order to the $613 million Alabama One Credit Union in Tuscaloosa represents the credit union’s last chance to avoid conservatorship. In a brief that alternated between blistering and incredulous, the ACUA’s lawyers tore into Alabama One’s arguments and presented evidence that the cease and desist order resulted from the credit union’s repeated failure to comply with previous administrative remedies. – CUTimes

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