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Top News Links: Friday, April 26

Calhoun officials plan $8 million upgrade at Fort McClellan

Calhoun County, teaming with city and state officials, are planning an $8 million facelift for the old Fort McClellan in hopes of attracting more industry to the area. — al.com 

ServisFirst picks Lamar, BankTrust team to lead Mobile operations

Former BankTrust CEO Bibb Lamar has been chosen president for Birmingham-based ServisFirst bank operations in Mobile and almost all of the new board and leadership team also come from BankTrust, which was acquired by Mississippi-based Trustmark earlier this year. — Mobile Press-Register

ThyssenKrupp plant may have new owner by mid May

ThyssenKrupp has reportedly narrowed the list of potential buyers for its remaining plant in Alabama and its Brazilian steel slab plant and expect to pick a buyer before its May board meeting. — Bloomberg

Walker Energy directors re-elected

Despite a bid by a one-percent shareholder hedge fund to unseat half the Walter Energy board, remaining shareholders elected the Walker nominees "by a wide margin," company officials say. — Birmingham News

Samford launches fundraiser for new business school building

Samford University kicked off a fundraising campaign to support a new building for its Brock School of Business, announcing an initial $12.5 million gift from alumnus Gary Cooney, now vice chairman of McGriff, Seibels and Williams Inc., a Birmingham-based insurance brokerage. — Samford PR

Publix opens in Mobile market

Crowds turned out Wednesday for the grand opening of the first Publix grocery store in Mobile; a second is due to open later this year. — Mobile Press-Register

Senior Bowl showcased draft leaders

Three of the five top picks in this week's National Football League draft played in this year's Senior Bowl game in Mobile, game officials said, adding that ten Senior Bowl players were picked in the first round. — Senior Bowl PR

Regions senior note offer

Regions has announced pricing of a public offering of $750 million in 2 percent senior notes to generate capital to repurchase older notes, stock and other purposes. — Regions PR

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