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Top News Links: Wednesday, May 6

GOP bill addresses shortfall, sort of

The Alabama House GOP caucus has a new proposal to end the state’s budget crisis through a combination of cost-cutting, consolidation and taxes. House leaders on Tuesday announced a plan to raise taxes on cigarettes and car rentals, cap paid state employee holidays and transfer revenue from the Education Trust Fund to the General Fund. The plan to raise nearly $200 million in new revenue would be less than half the $541 million Gov. Robert Bentley wants. – AP/WHNT

GOP gambling bill has at least one fan

Some Republicans in the Alabama legislature are looking to gambling as a possible way out of the state’s budget problem. Senate President Pro Tempore, Del Marsh, is pushing a bill to allow a state lottery and four casinos. The casinos would be located at the state’s four dog tracks in Birmingham, Mobile, Macon County and Greene County. Birmingham’s Mayor, William Bell, says he loves the idea. – WIAT

Elantra sales picking up

Alabama still makes Hyundai's top selling vehicle. Sales of the Elantra compact sedan are up 7 percent over April of last year with production at the automaker's Montgomery plant increasing for the last three months to 16,932 of the sedans last month. – WSFA

Two-year college system gets new oversight

A new state board will oversee Alabama's two-year college system. Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday gave final approval to legislation to remove the community college system from the oversight of the state Board of Education and give it to a new board appointed by the governor. – AP/Chron.com

Molly Maid looks to expand in Alabama

Molly Maid hopes to sweep into new Alabama markets. To fulfill demand for its services, the nation’s leading house cleaning company announces it is currently seeking franchisees to open up to five locations throughout the state. “We receive nearly 10,000 online searches for our services every month in Alabama,” said Molly Maid President Meg Roberts. – BusinessWire

Make $13,000 a year selling your fecal content

Looking for a way to make a little extra cash and possibly save a life at the same time? Most people already know that you can sell blood, plasma, eggs and sperm for money, but did you know that you could make up to $13,000 a year selling your feces? According to the Washington Post, a company called OpenBiome has been processing and shipping loads of fecal matter all over the country since 2013. WFSA

Ten Birmingham firms among ‘Top Tigers’

Ten Birmingham-area companies of various sizes led by alumni of Auburn University – including EBSCO Industries and ServisFirst Bank – were honored recently among the "Top Tigers" for 2015 by the school's Raymond J. Harbert College of Business and Business Alabama magazine. The "Top Tigers" program recognizes the fastest-growing companies founded, owned or managed by Auburn graduates. – AL.com 

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