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Top News Links: Monday, May 4

Gambling proposals fly across state

For 15 years, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians has tried to persuade Alabama politicians to sit down and discuss a compact with the tribe. Now, with gambling being discussed in the Alabama Statehouse, the tribe is trying to renew those conversations — talks that could include exclusive rights to run gambling in the state or possibly a new site in north Alabama — and is critical of a proposal that would put casinos at state dog tracks. – Gulf Live

Selma auto plant tells UAW to bug off

Workers at a Selma auto supplier have signed a petition asking the United Auto Workers union to “leave this business and us, its employees, alone.” But the petition, as with almost everything else involving the plan and the union, has become a flint that has sparked charges and counter-charges. The Renosol Seating plant and its parent company, Lear Corp., have been under fire for nearly a year after workers voiced concerns about a chemical used in the car seat production process. – Montgomery Advertiser

ServisFirst said to be considering move

As ServisFirst Bank celebrates a decade in the Magic City, it's considering moving elsewhere. Tom Broughton founded ServisFirst Bancshares 10 years ago Saturday. A retired commercial banker in Birmingham, he wanted to stick with what he knew - so he and a group of experienced commercial bankers started their own company. ServisFirst Bancshares started with 24 employees, now has 360 and went public this month last year. – AL.com

Busche Alabama to add 100 jobs

Busche Alabama company officials say the firm plans to create 100 additional jobs in Hartselle over the next eight to 12 months. General Manager Robert Kelley said the metal machining plant will need operators for 29 new computer numerical control machines the company will purchase. The Decatur newspaper reports that the Albion, Indiana-based company is primarily looking to hire machine operators. – KPC News

Shopping centers look for new spark

Southland Plaza on Sixth Avenue in Decatur might lose Jimmy Smith Jewelers as a tenant, but the owner said more businesses are coming soon. The future of another Sixth Avenue shopping center, Decatur Shopping Center, doesn’t look as bright. Jimmy Ray Smith, a partner in Jimmy Smith Jewelers, said a new location hasn’t been chosen, but the business will remain within a half-mile of its current location in Southeast Decatur. – Decatur Daily

New Birmingham venue draws crowds

Saturn – Birmingham's newest venue – is off to a stellar start after its debut show drew quite a crowd. Before local band Helen of Coi left the stage, the place had almost reached its 500-person capacity, as people continued to pour in the futuristic, bright orange doors. Next up was Dead Fingers, another local group, followed by Mother Falcon, the headliners hailing from Austin, Texas. – AL.com

Lake Martin residential sales up sharply

Lake Martin Area residential sales totaled 61 units in March, an improvement in sales growth of 29.8 percent from the same period last year. Year-to-date sales through March are up 39.3 percent from 2014. – AL.com/ACRE

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