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Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 25

Raise taxes, cut spending, economists urge

A survey of business economists conducted by National Association for Business Economics says the best antidote for a slumping economy may be increased taxes, decreased spending and a quick decision so business owners know what to expect. — NBC Market Watch

California tries to woo back commercial space flight companies

Watching commercial space flight development companies flee to Alabama and other states, California has passed new laws limiting liability for such companies in hopes of winning back a major share of the business. — NBC News

Alabama among nation's poorest states

Review of census data shows Alabama among states with lowest median household income; Alabama ranked fifth with a median income of $41,415. — Wall Street 24/7

Labor, Industrial Relations departments to merge

The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations will merge into the Department of Labor October 1, in a move aimed at saving $100,000 or more a year. — Birmingham Business Journal

Alabama among leaders for free-standing trauma centers

Alabama is one of the top four states for new free-standing trauma centers. — USA Today

Farewell, Uli

Mobile Press-Register talked with with Ulrich Albrecht-Freuh, outgoing leader of ThyssenKrupp Stainless, who put a friendly face on early dealings with the major company and the state's Gulf Coast. — Mobile Press-Register

Federal grant to support worker training in west Alabama

The University of West Alabama has received a $2.2 million grant to underwrite worker training in the high unemployment counties of western Alabama. — Tuscaloosa News

Gulf gas and oil leases up for auction

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has announced a sale of oil and gas leases on 38 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico off Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi; sale is set for March 20, 2013. — Marine Link

Dothan man charged with securities fraud

A Dothan man faces federal securities fraud charges for a scheme involving cookware sales. — FBI PR

New equestrian park under way

Officials turns the first earth for the new Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park at Hodges; the park will include trails, campgrounds and other amenities. — Franklin County Times

Chinese business overtures

Gov. Robert Bentley and other officials met with Chinese business delegates in Montgomery Tuesday, hoping to win more Chinese direct investment in Alabama. — ABC 32

Payments for foreclosed homeowners

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says individuals who lost their homes to foreclosure between 2008 and 2011 may be able to make a claim on the nationwide $1.5 billion settlement against major lenders. — Alabama AG

Adtran wins product of the year award

Adtran's Optical Networking Edge has been honored by TMC as a product of the year for its ability to help user scale network architecture. — The Street

Jump for it!

Developer announces plans for extreme trampoline park, to be called AirWalk, in Birmingham; slated to open during the holiday season. — AirWalk PR

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