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Top News Links: Monday, Sept. 15

State ponders more gambling

If they haven't yet gone all in on a gaming compact, state leaders don't seem willing to fold on the idea either, particularly as deficit of up to $200 million looms in the General Fund budget. But both the state and Poarch Band officials say they don't know the answer to one critical question — how much a compact with Alabama's only federally recognized tribe would actually bring to the state. – Montgomery Advertiser

Small UAW office stays busy

The small UAW office in a strip mall on Route 11 in Coaling, Alabama doesn't look like much. Neighboring tenants include a Smokers Outlet, ALFA Insurance, a Marathon station and a Dollar General store. But inside, it's clear the unassuming office is a front line in a desperate battle for a major UAW victory in the South. – Detroit Free Press

Massive auto recall in the wings

Automakers are bracing for another massive automotive recall involving air bags produced by Takata that have malfunctioned during deployment, sending shrapnel flying through the passenger cabin. The first reported injury related to shrapnel from a Takata air bag deployment took place in Alabama in 2004 and incidents since then have included fatalities. – Forbes

High court affirms ruling on CVS

The Alabama Supreme Court last week agreed with a Jefferson County judge that a lawsuit against CVS Caremark Corp. can be treated as a class-action to represent about 70,000 investors who claim they lost $3.2 billion in a 1990s securities fraud. – AL.com

What’s the next move for GOP?

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama will be in charge of one of the most powerful tools Senate Republicans would have: the writing of budget reconciliation legislation, which could allow them to pass sweeping changes to entitlements, the Tax Code and Obamacare with just 51 votes. Sessions and his aides aren’t talking about their plans, but he has been lukewarm about Paul Ryan’s House budgets in the past, so it’s not clear that he’d back entitlement reforms that track closely with Ryan’s ideas. – Politico

Hedge fund takes issue with breadsticks

Maybe there is such a thing as too many breadsticks. In a nearly 300-page treatise on what's wrong with Olive Garden and its management, investor Starboard Value suggests the Italian restaurant chain is being reckless with its unlimited breadsticks. – Associated Press

Beware phony Alabama Power text

Alabama Power is warning customers of a false "pay your bill" text that asks for a payment. Alabama Power doesn't have a system where customers can pay by text, according to Alabama Power spokesperson Isaac Pigott. – AL.com

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