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Top News Links: Tuesday, May 31

Testimony resumes today at Hubbard trial

Testimony is set to resume in the ethics trial of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard after the long holiday weekend. Prosecutors have indicated that on Tuesday they will call a number of influential lobbyists and company owners as witnesses. Prosecutors say Hubbard asked them to either make investments in his printing company or to help him find business clients. – ABC

Calhoun Community College identifies $36M in renovations

Calhoun Community College’s new master plan has identified $36 million in facilities needs, but only three new buildings are included in its recommendations for the next five to 10 years. The assessment identified $16.3 million in short-term facility needs, highlighted by a renovation and expansion of the Chasteen Student Center and a new maintenance facility. – TimesDaily

Alabama among states cutting hard on colleges

Average state spending per student is $1,525 for the current year, or 17 percent less than the per-student spending before the onset of the Great Recession. The most glaring examples of declining support for public colleges and universities can be found in Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Funding per student in those states is down by more than 30 percent since the start of the recession. – The Fiscal Times

Job fair specializes in finding jobs for formerly incarcerated

As part of an ongoing effort to help reintegrate former convicts back into society, the office of U.S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown will present a Formerly Incarcerated Persons Job Fair on Thursday. Brown, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, has launched a variety of efforts to promote the concept of Re-Entry, or helping to smooth the path for former criminals who've paid their debts to society and are attempting to become productive members of society. – AL.com

ConAgra visionary dies at 88 in Omaha

Charles M. Harper, the chief executive who transformed ConAgra from a struggling flour-mill company into an agricultural powerhouse, in part by acquiring hundreds of companies and developing a wildly successful line of low-priced frozen foods called Healthy Choice, died May 28 at his home in Omaha. He was 88. – Cortez Journal

Department of Agriculture conducting citrus survey

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) will be conducting a citrus survey in Mobile County, June 7-10 and Baldwin County, June 20-24. Plant Protection Inspectors with their ADAI credentials and safety vests will be driving vehicles with State of Alabama signage as they conduct the surveys. – News release

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