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Top News Links: Tuesday, April 15

REHAU opens one expansion, starts another

In addition to officially opening the plant’s new $115 million expansion Monday, the German automobile component manufacturer REHAU also broke ground on a new high-tech research center that will bring skilled jobs to the region. – Cullman Times

Gas prices once again hitting roof

AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report shows today’s average price for regular unleaded in Alabama is $3.54 a gallon. That’s 12 cents more than one week ago, and almost 30 cents from this time in March 2014. – Alabama's 13

BASF site wins Journey Innovations award

A team from BASF Corp.’s McIntosh site has won the company’s coveted Journey Innovations Team Award, recognizing innovative contributions to environmental, health and safety excellence. – al.com

Samford business school joins CAAN

Samford University’s Brock School of Business recently joined the Central Alabama Angel Network, a Birmingham-based investor network that invests in early-stage companies. Angel investors are wealthy individuals and institutions who provide money to new companies, usually in exchange for stock. – Samford.edu

Barron trial postponed as details emerge

A new court filing in the criminal case against a former state Senate leader and his aide discloses new information the state attorney general's office would have presented if the case had gone to trial Monday. – AP/Star-Telegram

UAH experiment about to take flight

A University of Alabama in Huntsville biology professor's experiment that is set to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) could shed new light on the roles enzymes play in biological processes. – Phys.org

Protect America, USA partner for nonprofits

National home security company Protect America has announced its joint partnership with the University of South Alabama and participation in the charitable Pay It Forward program. – PRWeb.com

Alabaster to welcome Dick’s Sporting Goods

Alabaster’s newest sporting goods store will open its doors in the South Promenade shopping center on Friday, April 25, and will hold a weekend of special promotions as part of its grand opening ceremonies. – Alabaster Reporter

Recycling facility opens in Montgomery

Infinitus Energy of Plantation, Fla., a company focused on recovering materials and energy from waste, has opened a new 225,000 ton-per-year material recycling facility that will process mixed waste from single bin collections in Montgomery. – Waste Management World

Residents worried about ABC Coke plant

A number of residents filed into the Jefferson County Department of Health Monday to express concerns over the ABC Coke plant in Tarrant. The non-profit group GASP claims ABC Coke is the worst polluting company in Jefferson County. Officials say ABC Coke has met EPA requirements. – Alabama's 13

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