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Top News Links: Friday, April 19

Knauf Insulation to reopen Lanett plant

Economic developer tells city officials that Knauf, which closed its plant in 2011, is investing $20 million to upgrade and reopen the plant and is working with AIDT to fill some 90 jobs. — Valley Times-News

Financial backstory of Airbus deal

Bloomberg Businessweek examines financial agreements that brought Airbus to Alabama. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Bankruptcy filing for Birmingham banker Taylor

Jimmy Taylor Sr., a founder of Birmingham's Banc Corp. who helped restore the John Hand Building, has filed for bankruptcy in Oklahoma, where he now lives. — Birmingham News

New bank logo on Mobile skyline

PNC Bank has added bank logos to the top of the Riverview building in downtown Mobile, local headquarters for the Pennsylvania-based bank that has operated in Alabama since buying RBC operations last year. — PNC PR

State plans fracking meeting, opponents critique format

The Bureau of Land Management will host a meeting in Montgomery April 25 about fracking to extract natural gas in the state's national forests, but critics of the controversial process lament that there's no opportunity for participants to leave comments on the record. — Talladega-St. Clair Daily Home

BP trial status update

Legal website reviews status of trial against BP and associated firms over their liability for a massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. — Lawyers.com

Finalists named for Alabama Manufacturer of the Year honors

Seventeen companies across Alabama have been selected as finalists for Manufacturer of the Year honors by the Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network; awards event planned Friday in Montgomery.  — Birmingham News

Sigmatech wins Army contract

Huntsville's Sigmatech has been chosen for a role in Army's Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS) program, designed to provide space-based missile warning. — Sigmatech PR

Wolfe joins Alabama Media Group

Jen Wolfe has been named vice president of operations at Alabama Media Group, which includes several state newspapers and the website al.com <http://al.com/> . — al.com

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