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Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 12

Remington layoffs shake Ilion, N.Y.

A New York state lawmaker says another 126 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off. In August, 105 people were laid off at Remington's plant in the village of Ilion, 55 miles east of Syracuse. The layoffs followed parent company Remington Outdoors Co.'s February announcement that it was consolidating multiple plants into its new plant in Huntsville. – AP/WHEC

Judge refuses to fire oil claims chief

BP's call for the ouster of the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was rejected Monday by a federal judge. BP lawyers had said Patrick Juneau should be removed for a variety of reasons, among them that he had a conflict of interest because he once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and had pushed for favorable terms for those with claims. – AP/AL.com

Court to look at state’s districts

In last week's elections, Alabama Republicans shrank their once-powerful Democratic opponents to just eight seats in the state Senate, all of them from districts in which African-Americans are a majority. Black Democrats say the GOP did it by misusing a landmark voting-rights law, intended to ensure the right to vote for southern blacks, to instead limit their voting strength. The case goes before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. – AP/Decatur Daily

State leads in taxing the working poor

A new report shows that a number of states continue to impose income taxes on families with poverty-level incomes. In sharp contrast, other states—leaning both Republican and Democratic—use Earned Income Tax Credits and other refundable credits to help poor families make ends meet. In Alabama, a family of four with two children at the poverty threshold owed $588 in state income tax in 2013, while an equivalent family received a $672 tax credit in Kansas and a credit worth $1,975 in New York. – Phys.org

UA’s MBAs seeing more green

The 2014 class of MBA graduates in The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce is making more money and seeing bigger bonuses than last year’s MBA graduates. The Manderson Graduate School of Business MBA class of 2014 job placement and salary numbers reveal significant increases in both categories. – News release

AMERICAN Pipe keeps New Orleans dry

Flood control in New Orleans is a constant work in progress and AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Co. of Birmingham, along with its spiral-welded steel pipe, is playing a major role in that scenario.  – News release

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