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Top News Links: Thursday, May 26

Alabama Speaker's partners describe 'consulting' income

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard's business associates took the witness stand Wednesday, describing one company as deeply in debt while another collected tens-of-thousands in dollars a month in income from the politician's consulting contracts. — AP/ABC News

Feds question Alabama Governor's ex-law enforcement chief

The former law enforcement chief who accused Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley of having an affair with an adviser has been questioned by federal investigators about the governor's administration, the official's attorney said Wednesday. — AP/ABC News

Virginia newspaper alleges sex scandal rocked Austal's Littoral Combat Ship in 2012

A former executive assistant to a former top executive at Austal USA said she was recruited by her boss to seduce a top Navy captain overseeing Littoral Combat Ship contracts, The Virginian-Pilot reported yesterday. The story is based on documents from a Navy investigation obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The paper is located near the world's largest Navy base, Naval Station Norfolk. — Virginian-Pilot

NASA's Space Launch System gets record funding from House appropriators

The House Appropriations Committee this week approved a record $2 billion for SLS, which is being developed in Alabama at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. The full House must still give its approval and the budget aligned with the Senate's version. — AL.com

Forbes names Jimmy Rane richest person in Alabama

Founder of lumber business Great Southern Wood, Jimmy Rane is better known as the Yella Fella, his cowboy alter-ego that appears in commercials. The company hauls in over $700 million in revenue a year. — Forbes

Bessemer plant closing, leaving 177 without jobs

A plant is closing in Bessemer in July and affecting 177 workers, according to public records. Grede Casting Integrity will close July 5, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce. According to the Grede website, the Bessemer facility makes foam. — AL.com

I-10 tops list of most dangerous highways

With the most deadly crashes, I-10, the country's fourth-longest highway, runs 2,460 miles through eight states: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. — Conde Nast Traveler

British cops bust stereo for blasting "Sweet Home, Alabama"

Sweet Home Alabama is a classic rock tune which has endured the test of time. But repeated playing of the Lynyrd Skynyrd track at top volume meant its charms wore thin among neighbours in Bishophill, York. — Yorkmix.com

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