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Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 17

Alabamians rise as one against Puget Sound

Aided by our civilization’s great advance of social media, my column yesterday about Airbus opening its first U.S. factory near Mobile provoked a tremendous response from Alabamans. Most of it is unprintable in a family newspaper. But the translation would be, to paraphrase the great economist Lynyrd Skynyrd: “A Southern man don’t need me around, anyhow.” – Jon Talton/Seattle Times

Three proposed tax hikes headed to Bentley

Three new tax increases are now out of the Alabama legislature and on their way to the governor's desk. "We all in this state I think wanted to adequately fund those essential services that deal with children and seniors, those who are less fortunate, we were able to do that with this budget and I'm proud of that," said Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R- Anniston). – ABC-3340

WalletHub: Alabama second ‘least happy’ state

A social media company today has deemed Alabama the second "least happy" state after surveying more than two dozen rankings of the states that measure a broad spectrum of categories. Only West Virginia, apparently, is more miserable. WalletHub surveyed state-by-state rankings in 25 different metrics that include everything from binge-drinking and heart attack rates to commute times and number of work hours to volunteerism and population growth. – Times Free Press

Ten stocks you should have bought when interest rates last went up

There’s plenty of speculation about whether the Federal Open Market Committee will raise interest rates on Thursday. If the Federal Reserve’s policy makers do so, it will be the first time the official federal funds rate has increased in nine years. – MarketWatch

New ad agency launches in Auburn

A new, full service advertising agency, Stokes, McNutt & Partners, LLC, (SMCP) is off to a fast start in Auburn. Ford Stokes left a successful, client-side career as a marketing executive to team up with advertising veteran John McNutt to build an emerging agency on a strong foundation of great client work. – PRNewswire

Proposed 40 percent porn tax draws nation’s eye

The South just fell again. And if lawmakers have their way, so will the sex drives deep down in the Heart of Dixie. Taking direct aim at the libidos of countless Alabamians, a state House committee just approved a bill that would add a 40 percent excise tax to the sale, rental, or admission charges of any pornographic material or sexually oriented items—that’s in addition to any other already-existing levies. – Daily Dot

BayFest bites dust in Mobile after 20 years

The BayFest Music Festival is coming to an end after a 20-year run. BayFest president Robert Bostwick Jr. announced Wednesday that the three-day event was canceled after board of directors saw a lacked support and interest. The 21st annual festival was to be held Oct. 2-4 in downtown Mobile. – Mobile/Miami Herald

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