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Top News Links: Wednesday, May 3

New governor says prisons, bad roads a priority

Nearly a month after taking office following her predecessor's resignation amid a scandal, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she's settling into the job and aiming to improve her state's image. In an interview with The Associated Press, Ivey said she believes Alabama's most pressing three problems are overcrowded prisons, aging roads and bridges and a "spending problem." Ivey said she supports some type of prison construction and a gas tax to fund road improvements, but doesn't think there's a need for other tax increases at this time. – AP/SacBee

State still in the running for F-35 fighter role

With a decision on where the F-35 multirole jet fighter will be based due in the summer, Alabama's congressional delegation is still trying hard to persuade the Pentagon that that 187th Fighter Wing at Dannelly Field Air Guard Station in Montgomery is the right fit for the $1.5 trillion jet. – AL.com

UA installing ShotSpotter technology on campus

The University of Alabama will soon employ technology used in larger cities to detect gunshots. ShotSpotter has sensors that triangulate sounds of gunfire in a manner similar to cell phone technology. The sensors can distinguish between sounds similar to gunfire, such as fireworks or engine backfire. "The benefit is the security of knowing local police will be notified in real time if a shooting ever occurs," spokesman Chris Bryant said. –SecurityInfoWatch

Short red snapper season disappoints many

Private recreational anglers went 25 percent over last year's quota for red snapper and will have only three days to fish federal waters this year for one of the Gulf of Mexico's most popular sport and table fish, regulators said Tuesday. Charter boat captains will have a 49-day season. Both seasons will start June 1. – AP/Tribune

‘Overbuilt’ retail system due for changes, says expert

Here's a number that gives you a better sense of how much shopping centers in the U.S. are overbuilt. For every person in America, there are 23 square feet of shopping center space. That's the highest number for anywhere in the world. Runner-up is Canada at 16 square feet. Christopher Leinberger says it will change. – APR

Retail vehicle sales fall 4.7 percent in April

U.S. light-vehicle sales fell 4.7 percent in April as the biggest automakers, amid plunging car demand, posted declines with ever-rising incentives failing to shake the industry from its longest slump in years. The SAAR came in at 16.92 million, below forecasts of 17.1 million -- a figure the industry has long considered an ideal, robust market. – Automotive News

Figuring out who owns Yellowhammer nowadays

The early April release of financial disclosure forms from political-website-founder-turned-Trump-staffer Cliff Sims contained an interesting nugget of information: his website, Yellowhammer.com, was being sold to the Birmingham analytics and marketing company firm StrategyWise for $250,000. StrategyWise didn't purchase Yellowhammer, but a new company founded by Joshua Jones - this one dubbed Clearcom Digital LLC -  did. – AL.com

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