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Top News Links: Thursday, May 18

Coke United saves the day at Maxwell Air Base show

The situation was dire. It was 3 p.m. on April 8, the first day of a two-day air show at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. About 140,000 people would eventually pour in to watch some of the military’s top pilots perform under a sweltering sun. And water was running low. Then organizers put in a call to Coca-Cola Bottling Company United. – Montgomery Advertiser

Report from Asia suggests Austal up-gunning LCS designs

A new model of a trimaran vessel from Austal USA is on display that could be one of the designs on offer for the U.S. Navy’s future frigate program. The frigate design uses the same platform as the Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) that the company has already built for the Navy, but with increased lethality and greater multi-mission capabilities installed for sea control missions. – Shephard Media

Report: Alabama attracted $4.2B in new capital last year

Companies announced plans for more than 14,700 new jobs and nearly $4.2 billion in capital investment in Alabama during 2016, according to an analysis prepared by the Alabama Department of Commerce that chronicles wide-ranging economic development activity across the state last year. The 2016 New & Expanding Industry Report, released Wednesday by Gov. Kay Ivey and the Commerce Department, provides a detailed look at 405 projects recorded in the state. – ANC

Wahlburgers becomes first big Owa restaurant reveal

A restaurant chain owned by chef Paul Wahlberg in partnership with his brothers and actors Donnie and Mark, is opening its first Alabama storefront location inside the OWA entertainment venue in Foley. Wahlburgers is scheduled to open in August and will be the brand's second largest restaurant. It was the first "major tenant" to be announced at the OWA site, which features an amusement park scheduled to open in mid-July. – AL.com

Judge extends stay on workers’ comp ruling

A week after a Jefferson County circuit judge struck down Alabama's Workers' Compensation Act, the same judge issued a further order today staying it indefinitely until the Alabama Legislature can act. Circuit Judge Pat Ballard on May 8 found two provisions, the $220 a week cap in compensation and the 15 percent cap on attorneys fees, unconstitutional. However, because one or more provisions were found unconstitutional, the entire act is nullified. – AL.com

Marsh says he won’t be running for Sessions seat

Republican state Senate leader Del Marsh of Alabama will not get into the race to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former seat in the US. Senate. Marsh said Wednesday he decided against seeking the seat now held by Republican Luther Strange. Gov. Robert Bentley resigned in April in the wake of a sex-tinged scandal. Marsh says state government needs stability. – WVTM

Plenty of others will try to be our next senator

A few big names dropped out before the end of qualifying Wednesday, but the ballots for the U.S. Senate primary in August will still be long. 19 people -- 11 Republicans and 8 Democrats -- qualified with their respective parties to seek the U.S. Senate seat, now held by Luther Strange, appointed by former Gov. Robert Bentley in February. The primary is Aug. 15. – Montgomery Advertiser

Companies love Troy University’s business matchmaker event

Lynn Carter has been to her share of networking events, as a general contractor for the Department of Defense. She took advantage of Troy University’s business matchmaker event on Wednesday to meet with several agencies. The event is an opportunity for these businesses to network with multiple agencies under one roof, but there’s a catch. You only get a limited amount of time to connect. – ANN

Lawsuits claim Georgia carpet industry polluting Alabama water

Stain-blocking chemicals used in carpet found their way into Alabama water supplies and are now the subject of lawsuits against dozens of carpet and chemical manufacturers. A pair of lawsuits by Alabama municipal water utilities is “just the tip of the iceberg,” said attorney Rhon Jones of Beasley Allen P.C. in Montgomery, who is representing the utilities. Water systems throughout the U.S. have filed or are working on filing similar lawsuits over water contaminated with the perfluorinated chemicals PFOA and PFOS. – Bloomberg 

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