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Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 2

Mainstream media tiptoes into Bentley story

Several media outlets – bloggers and radio talkers – this morning cited "sources" as they reported that Gov. Robert Bentley has without question had an affair with a female staff member, a torrid love cuddle that caused the governor's wife of a half century, Dianne Bentley, to file for divorce and ask for everything the guy ever made. All they offered was "sources." Not proof or fact or anything more than smoke. – AL.com

PSC OKs Alabama Power’s renewables plan

The Alabama Public Service Commission on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to Alabama Power Co.’s plan to add up to 500 MW of renewable power capacity to its portfolio in six years. The company intends to develop wind, solar and other renewable energy projects of up to 80 MW each. It may also sign power purchase agreements with developers outside Alabama. – SeeNews.com

Harper Lee novel slows BAM’s red ink

Harper Lee's new novel 'Go Set A Watchman' broke sales records for Birmingham-headquartered Books-A-Million but the book chain's sales were still down from the second quarter of last year. The country's second-largest bookstore reported net sales of $106.7 million for the quarter ending Aug. 1, down slightly from $107.6 million for the same time last year. BAM reported a net loss of $5.7 million for the quarter, compared to a $3 million loss in last year’s second quarter. – AL.com

Dick’s Sporting Goods opening 2 new stores in state

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. will open two new stores for Alabama on the weekend of Sept. 11. The stores will be located at the Shoppe at Legacy Park in Tuscaloosa and Cullman Shopping Center in Cullman, bringing the company’s store count in Alabama to 14. – Zacks.com

Barber Vintage Motorsports to expand museum

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum has launched a major expansion, a project that will help the facility maintain its role as the global benchmark for motorcycle collections. The 144,000-square-foot museum, which opened in 2003 at Barber Motorsports Park, will grow by an additional 85,000 square feet. All five stories will be expanded, and a glass atrium is a key feature of the new space. – AL.com

Accounting firms merge on Gulf Coast

Crow Shields Bailey PC and McKean & Associates P.A. have announced the merger of their accounting firms effective Tuesday. The combined firm will operate under the name Crow Shields Bailey PC, and employ over forty team members, providing professional accounting, tax and consulting services to clients throughout the Gulf Coast. – News release

Tourism Department names best BBQ joints

The Alabama Tourism Department is announcing the winners of its online Barbeque Battle contest after more than 1 million votes were cast. Lannie’s of Selma won the Legends category, Saw’s of Homewood topped the Rookie category, and Jim ’N Nicks bested the other multi-locations brands, the Alabama Tourism Department said. Rusty’s of Leeds won the Mom and Pops category and Charlie’s of Odenville took the Dives category. WBRC

Huntsville firm wins NASA contract with $188M potential

NASA has awarded a contract to Alcyon Technical Services Joint Venture, LLC of Huntsville, Alabama to provide mission and instrument systems engineering services for the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The Systems Engineering Advanced Services contract is an 8(a) small business set-aside, cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, with a minimum ordering value of $3 million and a maximum ordering value of $188 million. – Space Ref

Cetera Financial pairs with Alabama Credit Union

Cetera Financial Institutions, a firm with Cetera Financial Group, the retail advice platform of RCS Capital Corp., announced today it will provide broker-dealer services and solutions to Alabama Credit Union's investment management program. The new offerings will be marketed as ACU Investment Services with the support of Cetera Financial Institutions. – MarketWatch

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