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Top News Links: Tuesday, April 17

Pulitzer Prize

Coverage of a devastating tornado outbreak last spring has earned a coveted Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for the staff of the Tuscaloosa News. Use of social media for real-time updates during power outages gets special praise. — Tuscaloosa News

Scrushy to halfway house

Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, convicted in a corruption case that sent him and former Gov. Don Siegelman both to prison, has been moved to a halfway house as his sentence nears its conclusion. — Birmingham News

Payback to pension funds

Morgan Keegan, once part of Regions, has agreed to pay more than $500,000 in settlement of Labor Department claim that MK steered investments into funds that gave it kickbacks. — Birmingham News

$15 million support contract

Bell Helicopter has been chosen for a $15 million Army contract to support helicopters it has supplied to the Iraqi Army. — Defense News

Up and Running

Southern Nuclear's Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Georgia is back up and running after a water-pump caused a weekend safety shutdown. — Southern Company

Brasfield & Gorrie selected

Birmingham's Brasfield & Gorrie has been selected for an $84 million project to build new enlisted personnel living quarters at Camp Le Jeune. Brasfield  & Gorrie will work the project in a joint venture with California contractor RQ Construction. — Birmingham News

Aegis wins share of $80 million contract

Aegis Technology of Huntsville is one of three firms to split an $80 million contract for modeling, simulation and software efforts for the Air Force. — DirectionsMag

UAB professor to lead genetic research group

Bruce Korf, a leader of UAB's genetic research programs, has been chosen president of the ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine. — Sys-Con Media

New CFO at Big

Rachel Wingo has been named CFO at Birmingham's Big Communications. — Birmingham News

Mobile's ST Alloys acquired

ST Alloys of Mobile has been acquired by Welding Alloys USA, which plans small increase in Mobile staff. — Cincinnati Business Courier

Aker plans Far East plant

Aker Solutions has announced plans for a new umbilicals plant, similar to its Mobile facility, for Malaysia. — Offshore

Mattress company moves into Alabama

Innovative Mattress Solutions has acquired 19 Alabama stores from Huntsville-based Mattress King. — Furniture Today

New hurdles on the road to divorce

Alabama legislature debating bill that would require counseling before divorce. — Birmingham News

Jeffco bond fight

Court debate continues as to whether bondholders should get paid even when repairs are needed to the bankrupt sewer system those bonds supported. — Wall Street Journal

Texas attorney called DUI Defense group a "racket"

A female Texas attorney who sought certification for the Montgomery-based National College for DUI Defense says its discriminates against women. — Courthouse News

On Patrol

BP still patrolling Alabama's 80-mile coastline, on the lookout for continuing damage from Deepwater Horizon spill two years ago. — Mobile Press-Register

Insurance bills up for legislative action today

Several bills aimed at opening up insurance records and helping homeowners — plus one insurers support that allows out-of-state investment — are up for debate in the state House today. — Mobile Press-Register

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