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Top News Links: Thursday, Oct. 9

AT&T to pay $105M in cramming case

AT&T Inc. agreed to pay $105 million to settle claims that the company billed wireless customers for unauthorized charges for services including horoscopes, ring tones and love tips. AT&T unlawfully billed customers for charges originated by other companies for subscriptions to the services, a practice known as mobile cramming, the Federal Trade Commission said in a statement today. – Bloomberg

Buzzwords change, love of beef remains

Alabama governors have proclaimed October as Beef Month in the state every year since George Wallace first proclaimed it a half-century ago. Pintlala cattle farmer Garrett Henry's roots stretch back nearly twice as long — his family started farming here in 1919. Beef's hottest buzzwords have changed over the years, but the demand keeps growing. – Montgomery Advertiser

Drive for Uber, do hard time

Tuscaloosa residents who offer rides to others through the ridesharing service Uber soon could find themselves in handcuffs. A Tuscaloosa city spokeswoman confirmed to Watchdog.org on Wednesday the city will follow through on an ultimatum issued last week — drivers could be put behind bars for violating Tuscaloosa’s vehicle-for-hire ordinance, a misdemeanor. – Watchdog.org

Auto supplier backs out of $6.6M project

The plant, triumphantly announced less than a year ago as a major step in Macon County’s economic recovery, is still empty. Would-be auto supplier Taesung Alabama announced plans for a $6.6 million manufacturing plant in December amid handshakes and applause from state leaders. The plant was supposed to open in May and bring more than 70 jobs to Macon County. – Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama filmmaker does BP story right

Much attention has been generated recently by the announcement that Mark Wahlberg will star in a feature film about the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  But a far better film about the accident will be released in a few weeks. “The Great Invisible” is a documentary by filmmaker Margaret Brown that not only tries to explain what happened in the Gulf of Mexico on the night of April 20, 2010, but why it happened. – Forbes

Scrushy wants release from probation

Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, who served five years in prison for his conviction in the bribery of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, is asking a federal court to release him from his federal supervised probation 10 months early. – AL.com

Gubernatorial candidate: Stadium for UAB

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Parker Griffith said as governor he would push for a multi-use stadium on the campus of UAB. “We know UAB absolutely needs its own stadium, its own arena," said Griffith during a press conference at Linn Park to push for his education lottery plan. – AL.com

Alabama has new crime notification system

Victims of crime and their families are being empowered by the new Alabama Crime Victim Automated Notification system, or "AlabamaCAN." The free online system, announced Wednesday, will allow people to register an account and follow the criminal case, parole process and hearing dates of an inmate. – Montgomery Advertiser

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