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In this issue:
Bentley: Take money from education to lure industry
Mobile port gets $5 million windfall in water bill
Contract could take Craig Field's rich history to new heights
Publix to build grocery store in downtown Birmingham as part of $30 million project
Remington opts to move production for gun banned in New York to Alabama
Digital Forensics: A Billion-Dollar Market in the Making

 


Bentley: Take money from education to lure industry

Mary Sell

 May 17, 2014 

 

MONTGOMERY - Gov. Robert Bentley says the state in the coming year needs to re-evaluate how it doles out incentive dollars to lure new companies to the state and where some of that money comes from.

 

"We have to look at who actually pays for it and who actually benefits," Bentley said last week. "If you look right now, the general fund pays for incentives, but the education budget is the one that gets the benefit."

 

Alabama is one of a few states with two budgets funded by separate revenue streams. Though incentives are largely paid for with money from or diverted from the general fund budget, many of the benefits of new job creation - including income and sales taxes - flow into the education budget.

 

"That's something we're going to look at," Bentley said. "If education is benefiting from it, we need to look and see if some of the incentive money should come from that way. ... Whoever benefits ought to pay."

 

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[Decatur Daily]

 

 


 

Mobile port gets $5 million windfall in water bill

Mary Troyan

May 18, 2014

WASHINGTON - The Port of Mobile would get an additional $5 million a year for dredging under a bipartisan deal on legislation that favors ports in five states.

 

The legislation is expected to become law within days.

 

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act authorizes water projects around the country over the next several years and sets policy for how the nation's harbors are managed. A compromise version of the plan was released Thursday by House and Senate negotiators, and final votes are expected next week.

 

Twelve ports in five states - Alabama, Louisiana, Maryland, Texas and Virginia - would get special treatment because at least 25 percent of their cargo is in energy commodities such as petroleum, natural gas, coal, wind and solar energy components and biofuels.


 

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[Montgomery Advertiser]

 

 


 

 Contract could take Craig Field's rich history to new heights

By Josh Bergeron

May 17, 2014


Just before World War II, the Army Air Corps established a military base south of Selma to help supply a growing need for pilots.

 

The base brought hundreds into Dallas County, providing a boost to Dallas County's economy, but a recent economic announcement could bring more pilots and jobs to an economy that frequently ranks among the lowest in Alabama.

 

Economic development officials announced a handshake agreement May 10 with Science and Engineering Services (SES) to bring a Kuwaiti pilot training program to Craig Field. The base currently functions as an industrial complex, but maintains an 8,000-foot runway and airport. When it was a military base, Craig Field trained 80 to 100 pilots per year, Craig Field director Menzo Driskell said.

 

If the deal with Science and Engineering Services is successful, economic development director Wayne Vardaman said the number of pilots trained would dwarf any previous activity.


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[Selma Times-Journal]

 

 


Publix to build grocery store in downtown Birmingham as part of $30 million project


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -Publix Super Markets will build a grocery store in the heart of downtown Birmingham at 20th Street and Third Avenue South as part of a new $30 million development.

 

A 30,000-square-foot Publix with a full-service pharmacy will anchor a new multi-story, mixed-used development on the northwestern corner of the intersection that will be part of an even larger development touching three different blocks

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Publix plans to start construction later this year and be open by early 2016.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


Remington opts to move production for gun banned in New York to Alabama

on May 16, 2014 

Remington announced Thursday it will move two weapons lines to its new Huntsville facility, including one that produces a semi-automatic rifle that is no longer legal for the company to sell in New York without modifications.

 

The company announced Thursday it will relocate its Bushmaster and R1 handgun lines to Huntsville. The move comes just three months after the arms manufacturerannounced it was opening a new production facility in Alabama. At the time, Remington officials only said it would be locating some production in Huntsville but did not detail which lines would be moved.

 

The Huntsville facility is expected to have as many as 2,000 employees.

 

"Yesterday we announced the consolidation of multiple company plants (including the Bushmaster and R1 lines from Ilion) into our Huntsville, AL facility. This was a strategic business decision to concentrate our resources into fewer locations and improve manufacturing efficiency and quality. We are working hard to retain as many people from the affected facilities as possible," said company spokesman Teddy Novin.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 

Digital Forensics: A Billion-Dollar Market in the Making
  

Not too long from now detectives will build cases against criminals not by following them on foot or by car, but by trailing them digitally. By mining location data from a suspect's smart car, extracting files from their clouds, and communications from their smartphones law enforcement personnel will break many, many cases.

 

 Defense lawyers will have to become data experts as well, knowing how to dig into client's smart devices to verify their alibis.

 

Dr. Ragib Hasan, researcher and director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham'sSecure and Trustworthy computing lab, has dedicated the past five years to cloud forensics, computer security, data waste, and data provenance (the study of who, what, where, and when of digital files).

 

 Last year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded him over half a million dollars to develop software and a mobile app for location provenance, which helps people securely record and then prove their physical location history on any given day. The app, which will launch this summer, can be used for alibis in a court of law for defendants to either prove or disprove they were or weren't at a certain place at a certain time.


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