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Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 23

Homeless students abound in state

A record number of homeless children and youth were reported in Alabama public schools in 2012-13, according to U.S. Department of Education data released Monday. The 29,749 homeless students enrolled by Alabama preschools and K-12 schools in the 2012-13 school year was an increase of 68 percent from the previous year. – AL.com

Judge may rule today on restraining order

A Jefferson County judge said he would decide Tuesday whether to remove a temporary restraining order preventing the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing content in a document about the safety of Alabama Gas Corp.'s pipelines. – USA Today

Opinion: Biz commission may have merit

Commissions come and commissions go, but Gov. Robert Bentley's recently announced Alabama Small Business Commission could have real merit if properly focused. The goal of the commission is to encourage growth of start-ups and expansion of existing businesses with 50 or fewer employees. – Montgomery Advertiser

Moral Mondays come to Alabama

The Moral Mondays movement has spread from North Carolina to Alabama. Founder William Barber urged a crowd on the Capitol steps Monday to push Alabama's Republican-controlled Legislature to adopt a moral agenda, including expanding Medicaid and repealing the new voter ID bill. Barber said the tea party has hijacked the Republican Party in Alabama. – AP/Tuscaloosa News

Robertsdale ready for new Walmart

Central Baldwin County gets a new Walmart on Wednesday, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Employees have been working round the clock to stock the store, said Manager Tim Dorothy and will be ready to offer residents everything but a full-service automotive center. – Gulf Coast News Today

Tougher homes rising on coast

In January, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security implemented the Resilience Star pilot project in Mississippi and Alabama to build IBHS fortified homes with design features proven to withstand natural disasters, such as a sealed roof deck, high impact windows and doors and the bracing of gables over 4 feet. Two homes in Gulfport and one in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi have now been recognized for Resilience Star standards. – AP/Miami Herald

False alarms spread faster now

At the University of Alabama, police set up a perimeter around Tutwiler Hall about 11 p.m. Sunday after threats of gun violence, according to USA Today. Campus police searched the dorm for about an hour, but a university-issued email said the search turned up "no weapons or unauthorized persons. – Clarion Ledger

UA helps unravel Twitter mysteries

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that 44 percent of the 974 million existing Twitter accounts have never sent a tweet. Yet, they are active users. So, what does this mean? Is Twitter effective for businesses? Absolutely. Does it drive revenue for companies? You bet. Why? Because of the timeliness of the info, and because it is specific to what the user wants. – UA News

Hispanic businesses exploding in number

Hispanics are starting and growing more businesses than all other ethnic groups, according to a study released today by Geoscape, a leading provider of business intelligence technology, data and analytics, and published in partnership with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. – BusinessWire

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