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Top News Links: Thursday, August 2

Dispersants used to clean up BP spill may damage food chain

Researchers from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab say their studies indicate that dispersants used in the wake of the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may have damaged plankton, thereby disrupting the entire Gulf food chain. — New Orleans Times Picayune

Claims chief says he "over promised" to spill victims

In his new book, Gulf claims chief Ken Feinberg says he "over promised" help to victims of BP's Gulf-changing oil spill, a mistake when dealing with "vulnerable, fragile people." — Mobile Press-Register

Education fund okay for now

The Alabama Education Trust Fund should had enough income to cover anticipated needs, eliminating the need for major funding cuts. — Birmingham News

Sonata sales soar

July sales of the made-in-Alabama Hyundai Sonata jumped 22 percent from last year, the company says, making it the top-selling U.S. model for Hyundai, which has announced plans to add a third shift in Montgomery to increase production capacity. — Birmingham News

Oil shale boom brings lands records prospectors

Prospectors from Alabama join the records researchers trying to cash in on oil shale boom in West Virginia. — Charleston Daily Mail

World coal prices may be headed up

Colombian coal supply exhausted as rail strike prevents shipment from mine to port; Drummond and partner Itochu among companies affected; labor talks to restart. — Reuters, Fox

Birmingham firm wins Air Force project at Eglin

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded B.L. Harbert International a $36 million design-build contract for renovation and construction projects at three buildings at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. — Birmingham Business Journal

Leadership shift at HealthSouth

Barb Jacobsmeyer has been chosen to replace retiring Terry Maxhimer as president for the central region of Birmingham-based HealthSouth. — 4-Traders

Hanging up on Rachel

Dinner-hour robo-caller "Rachel at Card Holder Services"  is among the unwanted callers targeted in a new federal attempt to stop illegal calls to cell and land line phones. — NBC News Bottom Line

Energen shares up

Energen has been highlighted by SmarTrend, which noted a 12 percent uptrend in the Birmingham energy provider's stock prices. — Futures

Adtran introduces new products

Huntsville's Adtran has added to its Optical Networking Edge group with new products to enable optical multi-ring and mesh technologies for metro and middle-ring networks. — Telecom Lead

Entrepreneur exchange

The second annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference has been set for Oct. 2-3 in Birmingham. — Innovate Alabama PR

More donuts for Birmingham

Dunkin' Donuts announced plans for 24 new stores in Birmingham. — PR Newswire

Now it's Always Money

Specialty finance company The Money Store, a division of Montgomery-based Triton Management Group Inc., has renamed its title loan, collateralized loan, money order and gold purchase business as Always Money. — Business Wire

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