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VictoryLand is back in business today after opening its doors. Hundreds of customers were on hand for the reopening. The reopening is likely to set up a confrontation with the state attorney general. Attorney General Luther Strange said he offered VictoryLand the opportunity to go to court to prove its operations are legal but that didn't happen. Strange said he will continue enforcing Alabama laws on gambling.
German auto supplier Rausch and Pausch is locating a plant in Auburn that is expected to create 105 jobs within five years. Governor Robert Bentley joined company officials for the announcement Tuesday. The company based in North Bavaria, Germany, plans to have both its U.S. headquarters and a production facility in Auburn. The company produces solenoid valves, control blocks and other auto parts. The Auburn plant represents an $18 million dollar investment and is set to start production in fall 2013.
ASU Honors Victims
Alabama State University remembered the young victims in Newtown, Connecticut Tuesday. Hundreds of faculty and staff gathered at the Shuttlesworth Dining Hall for a noon prayer vigil. The vigil was led by the Reverend John Ed Mathison. Other ministers participating included the Reverend Cromwell Handy, pastor at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and the Reverend D'Linell Finley, pastor of Southlawn Baptist Church.
Right to Work
State Senator Gerald Dial is sponsoring legislation in the upcoming legislative session that would put an existing statute making Alabama a "right to work" state into its Constitution. The Lineville senator says doing so would encourage industry to locate in Alabama. Dial says a recent visit to South Korea served as his inspiration for proposing the legislation. Senators Cam Ward and Tom Whatley are co-sponsors.