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Top News Links: Tuesday, April 22

BL Harbert opening new Huntsville office

Calling north Alabama a “bright spot” in Alabama’s economy, Birmingham-based construction company BL Harbert International is launching a new office in downtown Huntsville. The BL Harbert office is located inside the BB&T building on 305 Church Street and will be led by Regional Manager Adam Stacy. – al.com

Ground broken on Northern Beltline

Gov. Robert Bentley and other leaders broke ground Monday for an envisioned 52-mile road that one day would complete a perimeter highway around Birmingham. The first phase of construction begins in the fall but the road is expected to take more than 25 years to complete. – AP/The Republic

Forestry Commission takes aim at beetles

The Alabama Forestry Commission announced this month that it is awarding $160,000 to landowners to use prescribed burns and thinning on their pine stands to stop the spread of the Southern pine beetle. Landowners with 10 to 100 acres of pine trees are eligible to apply for the grant money. – The Anniston Star

Birmingham airport improvements near ready

Construction on the second phase of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport's terminal modernization project is about 90 percent complete, airport officials said Monday. The project is moving toward a June completion date said Jeff Hart with Brasfield & Gorrie, the firm managing the project. – al.com

Fairview Farmers Market expected to close

A farmers market in West Montgomery known for providing fresh fruits and vegetables to seniors and low-income residents is expected to close. Alabama State University is working on severing its four-year lease on the West Fairview Avenue building. – Montgomery Advertiser

Birmingham PR firm signs with energy company

Stephen Bradley & Associates has a new deal with Williams, a large North American energy infrastructure firm, to provide public and community relations counsel in support of a proposed expansion of a natural gas pipeline in Alabama. – al.com

Alabama Policy Institute rates cities

The Alabama Policy Institute, a conservative think tank in Birmingham, puts Millbrook at the top of its just-released annual list of most business-friendly cities in the state. Prattville and Foley took second and third, respectively. – WSFA

Regions Q1 profits drop despite loan growth

Regions Financial Corp. reported a decline Tuesday in first-quarter profit, reflecting lower revenues, despite a drop in expenses and growth in loans. Earnings per share, however, beat analysts' estimates, while revenues came short of view. – RTTnews.com

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