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Top News Links: Monday, May 11

Gambling cash cow can run dry

Gambling has been an enormous boon to Mississippi since the first casino opened in 1992, but lately that cash cow has not been delivering like it used to. – AL.com

Fitch tours Mississippi gambling operations

Fitch Ratings toured casinos in Biloxi, MS, Bay St. Louis, MS and New Orleans when in Biloxi for the Southern Gaming Summit this week. Operators in Biloxi acknowledged an expansion in Alabama would be a major negative as it would cut off the business from Mobile, AL and the Florida panhandle. However, there was no consensus on the probability of passage this year. – BusinessWire

Small business creates two of three new jobs

Friday marked the final day of National Small Business Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the important and critical contributions to America’s success by small business owners and entrepreneurs. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, which create about two of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. – Yellowhammer

Arts student wins first BAM publishing contest

The winner of Books-A-Million’s first annual Publishing Contest is Adriane Tharp from the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Tharp’s work, “Cross/Roads and (Re)Mappings” was the unanimous winner and will be published through BAM! Publishing’s Masterpiece publishing package. – BusinessWire

State ranks poorly in financial literacy

We’ve collectively racked up roughly $133 billion in new credit card debt since the beginning of 2012, and  only two in five adults actually have a budget. Ultimately, there’s really no shortage of statistics that one can quote to illustrate our money management shortcomings – from the 20% of Americans who spend more than they make to the 60% of folks who don’t have a rainy day fund. – WalletHub

Virginia College offers new weld tech program

Virginia College in Mobile is pleased to announce the launch of its new Welding Technician program at its campus located at 3725 Airport Blvd., Suite 165. The Mobile campus is the first Virginia College campus to offer this program. Enrollment for the 44-week program is now open, and classes will begin June 29. – News release 

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