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Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 14

Bentley says no state insurance exchange, no more push for charter schools, yes to workforce training

Gov. Robert Bentley will not create a state health insurance exchange because it's too costly, he said Tuesday; however, the federal government will establish plans for states that do not adopt their own. — Anniston Star

Gov. Robert Bentley said he will not renew his push toward creating charter schools in Alabama. — MSNBC

Governor creates workforce task force to nudge students towards skilled trades as early as seventh grade. — WPMI-TV

Birmingham works toward limits on food trucks

Birmingham city officials are drafting regulations and fees to limit food trucks, including specified hours and required distance from bricks-and-morter restaurants. — al.com 

Companies at HudsonAlpha, UAB win space station contracts

Two Alabama groups have been awarded contracts in support of space-station related scientific study. — al.com 

Boeing opts for Redstone Gateway

Boeing, with major aerospace and defense operations in Huntsville, will move out of Cummings Research Park and into the new $1 billion Redstone Gateway complex now under development; Boeing will occupy three buildings at the entrance to the complex. — Huntsville Times/al.com

Pemco clears out of Dothan airport

Pemco, which has repaired and renovated aircraft in Dothan for years before moving to Florida and going bankrupt, has cleaned up its property at Dothan's airport, officials say; two similar firms and another aircraft-related firm are eyeing the property. — Dothan Eagle

Kansas asks for wind energy tax credit extension

Kansas officials are asking the federal government to extend tax credits for wind energy, fearing they will lose new contracts without them; Alabama Power recently signed agreements with Kansas wind farms worth about $300 million. — Kansas City Business Journal

Racing toward the end of the track?

Wall Street Journal looks at sharp drops in NASCAR fans, advertising. — Wall Street Journal (India)

Mobile principal, Cordova teacher win national awards

Dianne Reynolds, principal of Mobile's Spencer-Westlawn Elementary School, has received an award for outstanding school leadership at the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards. — al.com 

Bankhead Middle School teacher Donna King has been named "most inspiring" in a contest sponsored by Green Mountain Naturals; prize includes $10,000 for her school. — Market Watch

Online sales tax may be next

Retail group official says Congress is gearing up to consider a mandated sales tax for on-line shopping; such a tax could bring $200 million annually to Alabama. — WNCF-TV

Moscow Ballet dances in costumes from close to home

Alabama native designs costumes for world-renowned company's "Nutcracker" performances. — Montgomery Advertiser

Another near-bottom ranking for Alabama

Conning & Co. has rated Alabama 40th out of 50 states in its new fiscal rankings; low income and high debt; bright side is growth in tax revenues. — al.com

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