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Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 26

Online tax bid

Gov. Robert Bentley, meeting with business advocates on Retail Day, called for federal legislation to collect sales taxes on internet sales. — Birmingham News

Scheuermann to lead Marshall Space Flight Center

Patrick Scheuermann, who has been director of the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, will be the new director of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville; NASA also chose a new director, Robert Lightfoot, who has served at both Marshall and Stennis. — NASA PR

ThyssenKrupp Materials plans Bibb County plant

A sister company to ThyssenKrupp Steel, ThyssenKrupp Materials announced plans for a $13 million plan in Bibb County that will process carbon and stainless and aluminum. – Steel Orbis

Trade subsidy issue could block EADS-BAE merger

U.S. officials say that a continuing dispute over trade subsidies, being considered by the World Trade Organization, may effectively block a proposed $45 billion merger between BAE Systems and Airbus parent EADS. — Reuters

Stock downgrades for materials rivals

Martin Marietta Materials and Vulcan Materials have both been downgraded by analysts, after both had risen on renewed merger talks and possible infrastructure project funding. — Triangle Business Journal

Alabama aims at uninsured drivers

Alabama has instituted new techniques to limit driving by uninsured motorists including spot checks, quick verification at traffic stops and increased fines for noncompliance. — Insurance Journal

No-tax payers in Alabama

Tax Foundation says more than 40% of Alabamians pay no federal income tax, third behind Georgia and Mississippi. — WAPI Radio

Immigration law substitutes new foreign workers for Hispanics

An immigration law aimed at curtailing illegal immigration and saving jobs for Alabama residents has instead created work for Haitian and African workers with work permits. — Workpermit.com 

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