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Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 2

‘Gaming is doing fabulous’

Most know the Poarch Band of Creek Indians for their casinos that transform local landscapes, and for their rising political donations and influence in state politics. And, last month, a dozen or more budding entrepreneurs came to a meeting to learn how they, too, might find the tribe's favor. – AL.com

Cowboy Chicken coming to Alabama

Cowboy Chicken, the popular nine-unit Dallas-based fast casual wood fire rotisserie chicken brand, has signed their fourth new franchisee for 2014, for a total of 20 additional stores. Dia Zuaiter’s 5-store agreement will expand the concept to Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Huntsville. – Restaurant News

Employee relations summit Nov. 18

Lehr Middlebrooks and Vreeland, P.C., a nation-wide labor and employment law practice based in Birmingham, will host its 2014 Employee Relations Summit on Nov. 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rosewood Hall at SoHo Square in Homewood, Alabama. – News release

Opinion: It’s time for ‘race realism’

Californians, like other Americans, like to think that race should never be a qualification for a job, that everyone deserves an equal opportunity and a fair shake. This principle undergirds our Civil Rights Act, which turns 50 this month. And yet increasingly, many employers are treating race as a qualification. – Time

Women sought for construction jobs

Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. Now, at 36, she's back in the classroom — in safety glasses and a T-shirt — learning how to be a carpenter. – USA Today

CanAm moving to Birmingham

CanAm Coal Corp. plans to relocate its head office from Calgary, Alberta to Birmingham to reflect the reality that the company's principal operating assets are located in northwestern Alabama, according to a company report. The company will maintain a presence in Calgary. – Market Watch

Lawmakers to strengthen gun rights

Following moves in at least two other states, a proposed amendment to the Alabama Constitution would make owning firearms a fundamental right, and measures to control weapons would have to pass the toughest review by state courts. – AP

Venture merges with ISC

Mississippi-based Venture Technologies announced that its merger with Information Systems Consulting, Inc., headquartered in Denver, Colo., is complete. This newly formed company will continue to operate under the name of Venture Technologies. – News release

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