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Top News Links: Thursday, April 26

Real estate flipsides

Home sales and prices up; foreclosure filings up, too — or maybe they're down. — Birmingham News

Briggs & Stratton moves Auburn jobs to China

Wisconsin-based engine and lawn equipment maker announces plans to move some Auburn production to China. — MarketWatch

BP oil spill settlement

Judge indicates he's leaning toward approval of negotiated settlement. — Bloomberg Businessweek

New CFO at Books-A-Million

Birmingham-based Books-A-Million has named R. Todd Noden, formerly of Racetrac Petroleum and Dobbs Mills, as new CFO. — Birmingham News

Insurance claims nearly settled

A year after devastating tornadoes, most claims settled, most rates rising. — Birmingham News

Online tax talks

Retailers support tax on online competitors, praise Gov. Bentley for his support. — Andalusia Star-News

Who builds what cars where?

Honda builds more cars in Alabama, Indiana and Ohio than in Japan, but most foreign automakers still keep most production at home. — Chicago Tribune

Austal's 3rd JHSV in final stages

The third Joint High Speed Vessel produced by Mobile's Austal USA is nearing completion. — Marine Link

Energen plans oil, gas exploration

Birmingham-based Energen told stockholders of plans for $950 million in additional oil and gas exploration in Texas and New Mexico. — Birmingham News

Redstone CU highlighted

New York Times article on bank targeting of low-income customers highlights Redstone Federal Credit Union program. — Credit Union Times

Thompson Tractor in Russia

Thompson CEO reflects on the Birmingham company's years in the Russian market, a business segment now worth $80 million annually. — Birmingham News

Vulcan sales and profits up

First quarter results for the Birmingham construction aggregate producer show increases in sales and profits in all sectors. — MarketWatch

Rural economics meet planned

The Community Foundation of South Alabama plans a seminar on Growing Rural Economics May 3 in Atmore. — Community Foundation

New facilities for Dynetics

Aerospace and defense contractor Dynetics has opened a new facility at Cummings Research Park, dubbed The Solutions Complex,  to expand its hardware capabilities. — Dynetics

Intergraph opens tech center in Korea

Huntsville's Intergraph has opened a Global Marine Center in South Korea to help customers make the most of the company's SmartMarine products. — Intergraph

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