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Top News Links: Monday, August 6

Senate approves military shipbuilding funds

The U.S. Senate has approved funding for four more littoral combat ships — two to be built at Austal USA in Mobile — and a joint high speed vessel also to be built by Austal; contract for all five ships total nearly $2 billion. — Mobile Press-Register

Shipbuilders fret over future workforce issues

Gulf Coast shipbuilding firms see aging workforce, worry that younger workers don't see shipbuilding as a career option. — Mobile Press-Register

Siegelman to head back to prison

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was sentenced to more than 5 years in prison, a slight shortening of his original sentence. — Birmingham News

Gilley seeks delay before prison term

Ronnie Gilley, who pleaded guilty to bribery and money laundering in connection with last year's state gambling and vote-buying trials, has asked a federal judge for more time before reporting to prison to handle a medical problem and a financial crisis in his business. — Dothan Eagle

UAB students hope to profit from bamboo

Students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have announced plans for a project to grow and market bamboo in Wilcox County; former first lady Marsha Folsom also announced a Black Belt bamboo business last week. — UAB News; Birmingham News

Clerks' pensions underfunded

A Georgia firm says there is insufficient money in a pension fund for county clerks in Alabama; RSA chief David Bronner recommends rolling them into more traditional state plan. — Local 15 TV

Infinity announced dividend

Infinity Property and Casualty, a provider of auto insurance based in Birmingham, has announced a $0.225 per share dividend payable Sept. 28. — Infinity PR

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