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Top News Links: Friday, Sept. 11

House narrowly approves cigarette tax

The House of Representatives Thursday narrowly approved a plan to raise the cigarette tax by 25 cents per pack, keeping hopes alive for a $1.7 billion General Fund proposal passing the lower chamber. The vote, coming after two hours of debate, was 52 to 46. The increase is critical to the budget plan. – Montgomery Advertiser

Walter Energy workers question bonuses at hearing

While Walter Energy seeks concessions from its union workers as it works to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, workers asked executives Thursday why C-suite salaries keep growing. Around 100 people came to Walter's 341 meeting -- a meeting where creditors can ask executives questions about the proceedings under oath -- the majority of which were members of the United Mine Workers of America, the union that represents the miners who work for the Birmingham-headquartered metallurgical coal company. – AL.com

Coal collapse being felt in tax revenue

The Tuscaloosa County Commission is bracing for an unknown drop in revenue in 2016 because of the collapse of the coal industry, a major employer and source of tax dollars in the county. Low demand for coal has caused coal prices and production to fall dramatically. And with less coal being mined, county revenue from the coal severance tax has fallen. – Tuscaloosa News

Curse moving some Huntsville workers west

Curse, a Huntsville-based multimedia and technology company that creates content and products for gamers, is moving some of its workers to a new office in Irvine, Calif.,according to GameInformer.com. The report said team members who work for Curse Voice, the firm's voice over IP (VOIP) service, will be moved out west to be closer to developers, such as Blizzard, Obisidian, and Oculus. The transition is expected to begin later this year. – AL.com

Alabama Power getting its drone on

Who knew that such a small motor could generate so much buzz? Alabama Power’s newest equipment might look like a toy. In fact, it very much resembles unmanned aircraft that many purchased as gifts for children. But the implications are big, and could lead to cost savings, faster storm recovery and increased safety. Company engineers are looking at how unmanned aerial vehicles can be used to inspect damaged lines after storms, and perform the routine inspections that help maintain a reliable system. – Yellowhammer

Ousted credit union execs want Alabama One back

Ousted in a state takeover, former executives associated with Alabama One Credit Union are now suing to try to wrestle back control over the beleaguered institution. Filed on Tuesday, the two lawsuits are asking that the court reinstate them to their positions, including embattled CEO John Dee Carruth, and return the institution to them. – AL.com

Chilton County HCA, St. Vincent’s sign agreement

The Chilton County Health Care Authority and St. Vincent’s Health System have signed an agreement for STVHS to operate the 30-bed hospital now under construction. The hospital, St. Vincent’s Chilton, is expected to open in Fall 2016 and is located in Clanton, Ala.  St. Vincent’s Health System is a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system. – KMOV

Fontaine Fifth Wheel to recall 6,800 hitches

An Alabama company that made a tractor-trailer hitch involved in a deadly Ohio crash last year will recall 6,800 hitches. Fontaine Fifth Wheel of Trussville agreed to the recall in August, according to documents posted Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. – Fox News

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