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Top News Links: Monday, Nov. 9

Bentley puts locals back in charge of gambling enforcement

An executive order by Governor Robert Bentley says he wants the state out of the business of trying to shut down bingo facilities. "What the governor has done is tell local authorities, sheriffs and district attorneys that if there's any gambling enforcement it's up to them to make that decision to enforce the laws as they interpret the laws," said Senator Arthur Orr. – WHNT

Mitsubishi Hitachi CEO to speak in Birmingham

David Walsh, CEO of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc., will be a special guest speaker at the Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S./Japan and Japan-U.S. Southeast Associations. Walsh will speak Monday, Nov. 16th at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, joining other industrial and governmental leaders and dignitaries including Japan’s Consul General Kazuo Sunaga and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. – BusinessWire

Curse, Gawk partner in the cloud

Gawk Inc. has signed with Curse Inc., home to more than 45 of the world's most sought after gaming sites, including wikis, news, guides, tools and databases, all combined to create some of the world's deepest and richest gaming communities. Gawk offers a suite of cloud communications, cloud connectivity, cloud computing, and managed cloud-based applications for businesses. – MarketWired.com

BBVA Compass releases mobile app upgrades

BBVA Compass said it has announced improvements to its award-winning mobile banking app, including Apple Touch ID integration for a quicker, more secure login process. The BBVA Compass Mobile Banking app has become a standard-bearer, underscoring the bank´s drive to stay in front of the digital transformation sweeping the industry. – Financial News 

Future of state’s roads now up in the air

Alabama’s transportation infrastructure, big and small, is falling apart. At least 15 percent of the state’s major urban roads are in poor condition, and an additional 35 percent are rated as mediocre or fair, according to a 2014 report from TRIP, a national transportation research group. Alabama bridges are in similarly bad shape, 25 percent deemed structurally deficient. – Montgomery Advertiser

Veterans say finding a good job is tough battle

Ask Decatur veteran Chris Dutton about his business skills and he will proudly give you a verbal resume of how he helped manage the military business for 24 years. As a U.S. Navy chief petty officer who specialized as a gunner’s mate, Dutton maintained, operated and tinkered with multibillion dollar weapons systems and small arms. But Dutton, 48, wasn’t prepared for the battles he would face getting jobs at home after retiring from the military in February 2014. – Decatur Daily

Toyota wants partnership with 12 For Life program

Florence High School senior Bryeshia Russell liked what she heard this week during a presentation from Toyota Motor Manufacturing representatives. The team of Toyota representatives presented a partnership opportunity to the school system’s 12 For Life program, whereby eligible seniors can apply for a college apprenticeship experience with Itawamba Community College and Toyota. – TimesDaily 

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