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Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 10

High court blocks return of gaming machines

Alabama won't have to return seized gambling machines to VictoryLand after the state Supreme Court on Monday blocked a judge's order to return the devices. The justices stayed a circuit judge's order to return the machines by Nov. 16. Lawyers with the attorney general's office asked for the stay as they appeal a judge's dismissal of their case against VictoryLand. – Dothan Eagle

Strata Solar wins Anniston, Rucker jobs

Strata Solar will soon begin installation of the first utility-scale solar projects for Alabama Power at the Anniston Army Depot and Fort Rucker Army Base. The Alabama Public Service Commission gave its approval for Alabama Power to build a 10.6 MW AC solar facility at Anniston Army Depot and a 10.6 MW AC solar facility at Fort Rucker.  Installation is set to begin in the first quarter of 2016. – PRNewswire

Redfin enters Birmingham real estate market

Redfin, the next-generation real estate brokerage, today announced the debut of its home buying and selling services in Birmingham. In addition to working with local, Redfin-employed real estate agents, people can search Redfin.com and the Redfin iOS and Android apps for agent-listed homes for sale in the area. – BusinessWire

Bentley sees fuel tax rebuilding infrastructure

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said he believes the state’s Legislature will pass a fuel-tax increase that he has endorsed to pay for infrastructure improvements. In a speech Friday in Gulf Shores, Bentley said, “I do think the gasoline tax is one tax that will certainly be strongly looked at, and I think it will be passed. It will come up in the next session [which begins on Jan. 12], and there is a reasonably good chance it will pass, and I'm for it." – Transport Topics

Culverhouse to induct seven into Hall of Fame

The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce will induct seven business professionals into the 2015 Alabama Business Hall of Fame on Thursday. The black tie ceremony will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (formerly the Wynfrey) at the Riverchase Galleria in Birmingham at 7 p.m. – UA News

Verizon ends deal with Huntsville City Schools

Verizon says it is discontinuing its involvement with the Huntsville City Schools' discount Internet service after the school began offering its OmniLynx service to the general public. Verizon acted Monday, saying its involvement with the Huntsville City Schools was to provide "students and educators access to affordable technology to enrich the learning experience." – WAAY

Autoworker plans to join fast food wage protest

Letasha Irby works at a factory in Selma that produces car seats and headrests for Hyundai cars. It’s just the sort of manufacturing job that Americans historically associate with solid, middle-class wages. Yet Irby says she earns only $12 per hour after a decade of service at her plant. On Tuesday, Irby plans on driving to Tuscaloosa to join a protest alongside fast-food workers from chains like McDonald’s and Pizza Hut. – Huffington Post

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