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Top News Links: Monday, Sept. 28

Legal whiskey production resumes in state

Legal whiskey production in the state of Alabama came to a halt in 1915, with the onset of early-era Prohibition -- a constitutional ban on the sale, production and importation of alcoholic beverages that was implemented nationwide in 1920. Fast forward 100 years, and Opelika's John Emerald Distilling Company has released what is believed to be the first legal, Alabama-distilled whiskey in a century. – AP/AL.com

Judge: Whistleblower rules don’t apply for worker

A Montgomery County circuit court judge has ruled that an auto supplier can continue its lawsuit against a fired Alabama worker, saying that a federal order meant to protect whistleblowers doesn’t apply. The ruling also allows for the collection of documents from and about union representatives who acted on the worker’s behalf. Lear Corp.-owned Renosol Seating in Selma fired Kim King in March and filed a defamation suit against her. – Montgomery Advertiser

Has union bashing lost its magic for GOP?

Unions might never recover the strength they had decades ago, but recent signs suggest renewed support for labor, or at least an end to its run as a Republican bogeyman. After building a campaign around his battle with government workers, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker abruptly ended his presidential campaign Sept. 21. His decision came a month after a Gallup Poll found that support for unions jumped 5 percentage points in the past year to its highest level nationwide since 2008. – Bloomberg

State offers rebuke in Alabama One court filing

Alabama issued a stern rebuke on Friday to two lawsuits that claimed it overstepped its authority when it took over the state's sixth largest credit union last month. The latest filing in the lawsuit out of Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court alleges that Alabama One Credit Union was a loss leader among other credit unions for the first six months of this year. – AL.com

State wants input on road sharing

The state’s Department of Transportation wants to make Alabama roads more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. ALDOT is working to improve upon its current, five-year-old Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The improved plan “will guide how we make the roads safer for pedestrians and bicycles specifically when we are building new roadways and improving existing roads,” said spokeswoman Allison Green. – Montgomery Advertiser

ServisFirst shares rise 11 percent over four weeks

Shares of ServisFirst Bancshares Inc. rose by 0.59% in the past week and 11% for the last 4 weeks. In the past week, the shares have outperformed the S&P 500 by 1.98% and the outperformance increases to 14.31% for the last 4 weeks. The company shares have rallied 43.4% in the past 52 weeks. – NWI

Cost Plus World Market opens in Tuscaloosa

Cost Plus World Market has opened its sixth store in Alabama and the first store in Tuscaloosa. The new store is located in The Shoppes at Legacy Park at 1320 McFarland Boulevard E and will have all the merchandise for which World Market is known. – News release

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