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Top News Links: Tuesday, April 23

Halliburton works toward settlement

Halliburton, which provided cement for BP's Gulf of Mexico well that exploded and spewed oil for days in 2010, is working toward a settlement, officials said in a quarterly update for investors, the Associated Press reports. — ABC News

Alabaster offers $1.94 million incentives to lure sporting goods store

Alabaster officials have offered a deal to let the developer of a Dick's Sporting Goods store keep up to $1.94 million in sales taxes in exchange for locating in the city. — al.com

Expenses down, profits up at Regions

Regions Financial outperformed analysts' expectations, posting earnings of 23 cents per share. — al.com 

BBA, Chambers lobby to keep common core standards

Chambers of Commerce in Huntsville, Montgomery and Mobile and the Birmingham Business Alliance are working to convince legislators not to overturn Alabama's participation in Common Core education standards, saying that dropping the standards would harm Alabama's reputation as a business-friendly state. — BBA PR

Kowaliga reopens in landmark format

Russell Lands has teamed with SpringHouse chef Rob McDaniel to reopen Kowaliga restaurant at Lake Martin in its 1950s style. — al.com

UA rocket team helps woo women to engineering

A University of Alabama women's rocket team aims to encourage women to study engineering. — al.com 

DoubleTree set to open in downtown Montgomery

After a $13 million, 16-month renovation, the former Clarion in downtown Montgomery has reopened as a DoubleTree by Hilton. — DoubleTree PR

Ground broken for peanut warehouse

Brooks Peanut Company has broken ground for a $6 million peanut warehouse near Flomaton. — Atmore Advance

Sanders Trust acquires Indiana hospital

Birmingham-based medical property investment company Sanders Trust has acquired the real estate assets of Saint Joseph Rehabilitation Institute in Mishawaka, Indiana. — Sanders Trust PR

Maxwell AFB awards computer contracts

Maxwell Air Force Base has selected eight vendors for computer contracts, none in Alabama. — Military and Aerospace Electronics

Prescription insurance provider calls Alabama among most wasteful

Express Scripts, which provides prescription insurance coverage, listed Alabama among the most "wasteful" states, blaming use of brand-name drugs rather than generics and patients' failure to follow medical advice. — Daily Markets

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