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Top News Links: Thursday, April 4

Carnival Triumph breaks loose, worker still missing

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that the Carnival Triumph cruise ship, docked at Mobile's BAE Shipyards for repairs, broke from its moorings during a brief windstorm Wednesday; one shipyard worker is still missing. — U.S. Coast Guard News

Gurley quarry back in court

The Alabama Supreme Court decided yesterday to hear arguments in the long-running battle over a quarry in the North Alabama community of Gurley, reawakening both the community's disdain for the quarry plan and financial ramifications of the town's effort to prevent it. — al.com 

Halliburton trial conduct irks BP spill judge

Halliburton, which supplied cement for the BP well that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, has irked the federal court judge overseeing the case against BP and others, who said "it’s very troubling how Halliburton has handled this matter." — Fuel Fix

Hyundai recall prompts 5 percent stock drop

News that both Hyundai and Kia models face safety recalls caused the Korean company's stock to drop 5 percent. — Financial Times

Tuscaloosa approves plans for retail-apartment complex on river

Tuscaloosa city officials gave preliminary approval to plans for a $42 million, 200-unit apartment complex with ground-floor retail on the riverfront site of the former Tuscaloosa Chevrolet. — Tuscaloosa News

Airport renovation continues in Birmingham, despite fatal accident

A second phase of renovations has kicked off at Birmingham-Shuttleworth International Airport with the same team of architects and contractors, despite a fatal accident two weeks ago when an overhead sign broke loose, killing a boy and injuring three family members. — Birmingham News

HealthSouth purchases land for new California hospital

Birmingham-based HealthSouth has bought land and announced plans for a 54,000-square-foot inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Modesto, California; the company already operates hospitals in Bakersfield and Tustin. — HealthSouth PR

Five Alabama banks show big increases in small business lending

Five Alabama banks that are participating in a federal  Small Business Lending Fund program show marked increases in their lending to small businesses, with outstanding loan totals ranging from $5 million to $40 million; participating banks are BancIndependent in Sheffield; First Partners Bank in Vestavia Hills, ServisFirst Bancshares in Birmingham; Southern National Corp. in Andalusia and Southern States Bank in Anniston. — Small Business Lending Fund Report

Catfish and barbecue traditions join up in restaurant partnership

A new partnership will bring Ezell's catfish and Golden Rule barbecue owners together, spread catfish chain farther afield. — al.com

Tops marks for BCBS Alabama in J.D. Power survey

For the fifth year in a row, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has topped J.D. Power's list ranking Southeastern insurance plans by customer satisfaction. — J.D. Power

Lewis Communications tops for regional ADDY awards

Lewis Communications, with offices in Birmingham, Mobile and Nashville, has earned 28 gold and silver ADDY awards — to be presented later this month -- outstripping all other agencies in the Southeast. — American Advertising Federation PR

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