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Top News Links: Tuesday, Oct. 28

New partnership to hand out BP money

A new $40 million partnership will give money for conservation projects to landowners in states affected by BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says. He said the department's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation could eventually provide a total of up to $100 million over five years, each giving half the money. – AP/Sun Herald

Foundation has Saban’s house covered

A private foundation set up to help fund athletics at the University of Alabama owns the home Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban lives in. The Crimson Tide Foundation bought the home in March 2013 for nearly $3.1 million and has paid property taxes on it ever since, according to Al.com. Saban and his wife bought the house when they came to Alabama in 2007. – AP/Tuscaloosa News

Torch wins $144.9M military contract

Torch Technologies in Huntsville was recently awarded a $144.9 million task order for technical and engineering services under the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Express. The task order will allow Torch Technologies to provide simulation support to all branches of the military, multiple program offices and others for development and improvement of their systems. – AL.com

Cook: Alabama too slow on LGBT rights

Alabama was too slow to guarantee the rights of minorities during the civil rights era, and now it's too slow to ensure the rights of people based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday in challenging his home state to do better. Cook's comments came as he, University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban and six others were inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor, which recognizes living state natives for their contributions. – AP/StarTribune

Wall Street punishes Twitter stock

People seem to be more important than money for investors when it comes to one Silicon Valley company: Twitter. The San Francisco social-networking firm was punished Monday afternoon on Wall Street despite generating more ad sales than outsiders expected, as the previous period's strong user growth dissipated. – Mercury News

Perjury trial begins for state lawmaker

A prosecutor told jurors Monday that Republican Rep. Barry Moore lied repeatedly when he testified to a grand jury investigating Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard. A defense attorney for Moore said his testimony is being taken out of context and they should listen to the full grand jury testimony. "It will prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that what he told the grand jury was true," Bill Baxley said. – AP/The State

These don’t play on Thanksgiving Day

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Southwest Alabama Labor Council posted an article to their Facebook page on Monday that lists 18 chain stores that refuse to open on Thanksgiving Day. – AL.com

Office Halloween parties can go wrong quickly

Halloween office parties begin the long season of holiday gatherings, and in an effort to cater to younger and more “experience” oriented workforces, companies are looking for ways to engage employees in fun, team-building events. The Noble Law Firm, an employment law counsel in Chapel Hill, N.C., offers some tips on its blog on how to avoid the legal liabilities of such affairs. – The Street

Fishery council divides red snapper quota

Reef Fish Amendment 40, a move in the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to divide the annual recreational red snapper quota in the Gulf’s vast federal waters between private anglers and “for-hire” charter boat operations, passed by a 10-7 vote in the final hours of the council’s quarterly meeting last week in Mobile. – AP/New Orleans City Business

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