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Top News Links: Tuesday, May 5

Bentley to lawmakers: Brace for overtime

In notably strong language Monday, Gov. Robert Bentley rejected gambling as a potential bailout for the state's budgets and threatened to call the Legislature into special session if his budget proposals are not approved. "My prescription works," Bentley told the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. "It's $541 million, and I'm not going to accept anything less than that. We may have some special sessions this summer. The Fourth of July looks good in Montgomery." – Montgomery Advertiser

Auto supplier laying off 97 in McCalla

Flex-N-Gate, an automotive part manufacturer headquartered in Urbana, Ill., is laying off 97 workers at its McCalla facility.  The layoffs are planned to start on May 15, according to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Flex-N-Gate was founded in 1956. A call to Flex-N-Gate's public relations firm was not immediately returned Monday. – AL.com

Boeing Dreamliner hits new snag

According to the FAA, the Boeing Dreamliner 787 could lose all power in mid-flight, causing pilots to lose control. The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Friday that due to a software glitch, all 787s could potentially lose electrical power from being continuously powered for 248 days. A "repetitive maintenance task" to fix the problem was issued that took effect immediately. – Examiner.com

Investigation: Cuticles are apparently critical

The Center for Investigative Reporting recently looked at a dozen states and found that armed guards generally get much less state-required instruction to do their jobs than, say, manicurists. In Alabama, armed guards are required to get 12 hours of instruction, while manicurists must submit to 750 hours. – RevealNews

Forgery claimed in Alabama One, ACUA case

A discovery petition that Alabama One used to challenge two Alabama Credit Union Administration examiners in 2011 could be a forgery, according to Danny Ray Butler’s fiancée, Paige Howard. Judge John England of the Alabama Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa continued a hearing on the current fight between Alabama One and the ACUA over the ACUA’s April 2 cease and desist order at 1 p.m. CDT Monday. – CU Times

Act now to get into the goat business

Lots of things can get your goat. Fewer things actually give you 85 goats. But a new competition set up by an Alabama couple is actually designed to do exactly that. Leslie and Paul Spells of Humble Heart Farms have decided to give their mortgage-free farm, all the goats on it, the tools and training to continue their goat cheese business, and $20,000 to put toward startup costs to the winner of an essay contest. – Today

Caddells honored at facility ribbon-cutting

A Montgomery construction executive and his wife recently donated $2.5 million to Georgia Tech in Atlanta to help pay for a cutting-edge renovation and expansion of an historic building on campus for use by building construction students, and last week, they attended the facility's ribbon-cutting. John Caddell, founder and chairman of Caddell Construction and a Georgia Tech graduate, and his wife, Joyce, attended the dedication of the 10,000-square-foot building on Tuesday, according to a news release from Caddell's firm. – AL.com

Chicken Salad Chick gets new investment

Chicken Salad Chick, one of Nation’s Restaurant News 2015 Breakout Brands, recently announced that it has received an investment from Eagle Merchant Partners, an Atlanta, Ga.-based private equity firm. – News release

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