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Top News Links: Thursday, April 25

Fuel barge explosions rock Mobile waterfront

Fires finally burned themselves out this morning on two fuel barges that causes numerous explosions Wednesday night and early Thursday morning in downtown Mobile, where they were docked at Oil Recovery Co. of Alabama for cleaning; three workers were critically injured in the blasts. — Mobile Press-Register

Common Core standards stand

State Senate President Del Marsh has quashed a bill that would have opted the state out of nationwide education standards, saying it will not come up for consideration during this year's legislative session. — Education Week

Supreme Court justice in line for Jefferson legal post

Jefferson County commissioners are expected to vote today to hire Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Bolin to the post as lead counsel for the county. — Birmingham News

Old Dominion opens new facility in Birmingham

Trucking company Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has opened a new container drayage facility in Birmingham. — Old Dominion PR

Environmental group sues over Shannon Mine

Black Warrior Riverkeeper has filed suit against Drummond Company, owners of the Shannon Mine in Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties, saying the mine has damaged nearby waterways. — al.com 

Bailey looks to new university post

Guy Bailey, briefly president of the University of Alabama last summer before resigning over concerns for his wife's health, is now a finalist for president of New Mexico State University. — Mobile Press-Register

Dunwoody named to LMI board

Gen. Ann Dunwoody, recently retired as commander of the Army's Materiel Command in Huntsville, has been named to the board of non-profit consulting firm LMI, which maintains its Southeast Regional Headquarters in Huntsville. — LMI PR

Pelham looks to hearing on Moore-Handley property

Pelham city officials are planning a public hearing in the next few weeks to discuss the future use of the vacant Moore-Handley property; the city has been in talks with Summer Classics outdoor furniture maker. — al.com

State trade mission to Nordic countries makes connections

A Nordic visit by state trade officials looking for business partnerships in bioscience, renewable energy and cancer research got positive notice in Norwegian financial trade paper Finansavisen. — Alabama Department of Commerce PR

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