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Top News Links: Wednesday, Oct. 23

Frelingheysen likely to replace Bonner in defense spending role

New Jersey Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen is the likely choice to replace former Alabama Rep. Jo Bonner as leader of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. — Politico

Cherokee residents sue to stop wind farm

Residents of Cherokee County have filed suit to prevent construction of a wind turbine installation on Lookout Mountain. — Gadsden Times

Small business lending up

The five Alabama banks participating in the federal Small Buisness Lending Fund have all increased their level of lending, the U.S. Treasury reports, with ServisFirst more than doubling its rate. — U.S. Treasury Report

Auto supplier breaks ground in Georgia

Business officials broke ground Tuesday for  $35 million Hyundai Dymos Inc. plant in Georgia; plant will supply seats for Kia. — Global Post

ASU blasts audit, challenges motives and credentials for audit firm

Alabama State University has filed suit over an audit that criticized it for conflict of interest, mismanagement and waste, responding that the Los Angeles auditors cited no examples of missing funds and had no previous experience auditing a university, and blaming the state's "white Republican" leadership for damaging the school's credit rating . — Courthouse News Service

Amtrak considering commuter lines in Alabama

New commuter rail service into Birmingham and reinstatement of Mobile to Birmingham service are in the planning stages for Amtrak, Pelham Mayor Gary Waters told city officials this week. — Shelby County Reporter

CenterStage ruling won't stop VictoryLand gaming, McGregor says

VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor says a Houston County ruling that CenterStage casino gaming machines violated the law won't affect his plans to reinstitute gaming in Macon County, claiming the county's rules allow electronic machines. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

RTJ celebrates 10 millionth golfer today

Everyone who plays a round on a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail course today will be honored as the 10 millionth golfer, trail officials announced. — RTJ PR

Voter ID plan unveiled

Secretary of State Jim Bennett has unveiled his plan for implementing the state's new voter ID law, including plans to make free photo IDs available through senior centers, mobile vans, voter registration centers and other outlets. — WTVY-TV

Parents may intervene in legal challenge to tuition tax plan, judge rules

A Montgomery county judge has allowed a Mobile parents and two Montgomery parents to become parties to a suit filed by the Alabama Education Association to challenge the state's new law allowing tax break for parents who enroll their children in private schools. — Businessweek

Mobile chosen for Navy Week festivities in 2014

Mobile is one of six cities selected to host Navy Week festivies in 2014, partly to coincide with the city's events to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay. — U.S. Navy PR

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