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Top News Links: Monday, Oct. 21

Illegal gambling in a bingo costume, judge says

A Houston County judge ordered the destruction of 691gambling machines seized from Center Stage casino last year and forfeiture of more than $288,000 seized in the raid, saying that the machines were "nothing more than illegal gambling cloaked in a 'Bingo' costume." — Attorney General PR

How big was the spill?

Arguing in federal court earlier this month, government attorneys and BP officials sparred over the quantity of oil released into Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Macondo spill. — Louisiana Weekly

Auto industry heads South of the border

The automotive industry, a decisive factor in the new Southern economy, is now planning major projects in Mexico, with some $10 billion in investments planned in the next few years. — Birmingham News

Federal Reserve Bank building tops list for historic preservation credit

Under a new program approved by the state legislature granting tax credits for renovations to historic buildings, the old Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta building in Birmingham has first dibs on available funds. — Birmingham News

Raytheon wins contract for more SM-3 missiles

Raytheon has been selected for a $3 billion federal Missile Defense Agency contract to provide 216 SM-3 missiles; Raytheon makes the missiles at its Huntsville plant. — Huntsville Times

Competing shopping centers tug retails from downtown Huntsville

After spending city funds on infrastructure for Bridge Street Town Center, Huntsville officials are watching businesses move out of a downtown enclosed mall into the newer center. — Huntsville Times

Signal delivers repaired dredge to Corps

Signal Ship Repair, part of Mobile-based Signal International, has delivered the newly repaired dredge Wheeler to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after completing an $15 million repair contract. – Mobile Press-Register

Tornadoes did not impact Tuscaloosa foreclosure rates, study shows

University of Alabama researchers, expected to see a correlation between the devastating 2011 tornadoes and the home foreclosure rate in Tuscaloosa, found instead that there was little effect. — Tuscaloosa News

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