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Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 18

Trust fund vote today

Voters today will decide whether they approve of a constitutional amendment enabling Gov. Bentley's plan to meet state obligations by transferring money from a protected trust fund into the general fund. — Birmingham News

PACT changing-law upheld in Montgomery Court

The on-going legal battle between parents who invested in Alabama pre-paid college fund, PACT, and the state legislature, took a turn in the lawmaker's favor Monday when a Montgomery judge ruled that it was okay to change the provisions of the contract. — Birmingham News

Gulf Coast likely to feel effects if proposed BAE-EADS merger moves ahead

With BAE shipping in place and EADS aircraft construction in the works in Mobile, a merger of BAE and EADS would undoubtedly resonate through Mobile and the Gulf region, experts say; local officials predict a beneficial effect, outside analysts say it could undercut companies' hopes for U.S. military contracts. — Mobile Press-Register

New filings in Jefferson sewer cases

Jefferson County officials have renewed their legal claim in bankruptcy court, saying that the county paid $1.6 billion more than required because of corruption in the system, leading to bankruptcy for the county. — Birmingham News

Hunting and fishing could bring tourist bounty to Black Belt

Black Belt counties - by-passed for industrial plants - could reap benefit through outdoor sport tourism, officials say. — Montgomery Advertiser

Panel to consider on-line tax changes

Alabama's governor, business leaders and economic analysts will gather Sept. 25 at UAB to consider the effect of changes to rules regarding on-line sales taxes. — UAB News

Huntsville firm wins honors for employee benefit plans

Huntsville technology firm nLogic won honors from Principal Financial last week for creating perks that help employees achieve financial security. — Huntsville Times

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