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Top News Links: Thursday, April 19

Deepwater Updates

A settlement agreement covering $7.8 billion in payments for damage from the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 will face its preliminary court review next week in New Orleans. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Fish near spill site are sick, scientists say. — FuelFix

Jeffco fix nixed

Jefferson County's legislative delegation nixed a plan for an occupational tax,  suggested earlier this week by county officials to help them out of dire financial problems — Reuters

Editorial laments action by "weak-kneed or agenda-driven lawmakers" that blocks "the most sensible fix" offered for the county's financial dilemmas. — Birmingham News

Audi goes south

Huntsville residents had hoped that Audi's new assembly plant might go on the site once offered to its parent, Volkswagen, but the upscale branch of the family opted for Mexico. — Birmingham News

Court date set for plane maintenance suit

First steps in a lawsuit between the company holding the remnants of Birmingham's once-powerful Alabama Aircraft Industries, Inc., and rival Boeing over an Air Force tanker maintenance contract go to court in Birmingham May 23. — Reuters

New Age blood bank

Huntsville's Southern Cord lets parents store child's umbilical cord blood in case it's needed for genetic therapy later in life. — Huntsville Times

Follow the big blue Caddy

Car is emblem for new state tourism campaign developed by Luckie & Co. of Birmingham and an out-of-state filmmaker. — Birmingham News

Crawford to lead Fontaine Fifth Wheel

Roger Crawford, who has been president of Fontaine Parts Connections, has moved up to president of Fontaine Fifth Wheel's OEM operations in Trussville. — Birmingham News

New plant in St. Clair

Nufab Rebar LLC has announced plans for a $6.9 million, 50-employee plant in Riverside; county offers it ten years of tax abatement. — St. Clair Times

Environmental charges

Federal and state officials have filed suit against owners of an old fuel facility in Bessemer. — Birmingham News

Hate that performance review? You're not alone.

Study shows HR managers dislike reviews almost as much as those being reviewed. — MSNBC

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