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Top News Links: Monday, Oct. 13

Look busy, the selection committee is visiting

Will Birmingham get the 2021 World Games? It all comes down to next week. Months of work, thousands of dollars and countless man hours have been spent preparing for Birmingham's bid to take the world stage. Next Thursday through Sunday, the city will play host to the International World Games Association  selection committee for its official site selection visit. – AL.com

Greenetrack CEO, associates may owe $72M

An associate of the Rev. Al Sharpton who is trying to open a glitzy upstate casino is an accused tax deadbeat — joining another pal of the preacher and the rev’s own National Action Network as targets of tax collectors. Alabama authorities claim that Greenetrack and its CEO, Luther Winn, Jr., owe $72 million in sales taxes and interest from electronic bingo game revenue in its betting facilities in that state. – New York Post

Prison inmates getting less probation

Despite concerns over prison overcrowding, researchers say fewer Alabama inmates are being paroled and prisoners are spending more time behind bars before being released on parole. The average length of an inmate's prison term before parole release has increased from 30 months in 2009 to 43 months in 2014. – Montgomery Advertiser/AP

Same-sex marriage ban unlikely to hold

Alabama's ban on same-sex marriages wasn't immediately impacted by a U.S. Supreme Court move last week, but court watchers and advocates said the state may be forced to recognize the unions within a couple years. "My guess is that within 24 months, you will be able to walk into any courthouse in Alabama, and if you've been married in another state, it will be recognized here," said Jess Brown, a political science professor at Athens State University. – Decatur Daily

Shorter sees blue skies ahead

Harold Powell doesn't have time to think about setbacks. Things are moving too fast. Earth movers were hard at work last week at the interstate exit where VictoryLand once beckoned, clearing land for a massive new Love's truck stop. It'll bring a Subway, a McDonald's and more than 80 jobs with it when it opens next spring in Shorter. – Montgomery Advertiser

Ala. teachers' job conditions rank 31st on list

A recent WalletHub study that looked at the best and worst states for teachers has ranked Alabama No. 31 overall. The study ranked the state 17th when looking at opportunity and competition, and 41st in academic and work environment. – Montgomery Advertiser

Fliers worried about the wrong things

It's hardly news that many travelers are concerned about germs and diseases when they fly these days. But in the airborne petri dish that contemporary aircraft have become, fliers may well be worrying about the wrong things. Here are five myths about germs in aircraft. – USA Today

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