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Top News Links: Friday, Aug. 30

Pentagon's criminal probe of helicopter deals has Huntsville link

Key figures in probe of Russian helicopter deals have ties to Huntsville, Reuters reports. — Reuters

Brazilian firm reportedly in talks for ThyssenKrupp's Alabama mill

Compania Siderurgica Nacional is interested in ThyssenKrupp's Brazilian slab mill only if it also gets the German firm's Alabama mill, Reuters reports, based on talks with unnamed sources. — Reuters

Lee County grand jury triggers political speculation

When the state attorney general's office impaneled a grand jury in Lee County, the action triggered speculation about potential political targets. — Gulf Coast News Today

Beer Dynamics finds niche market with craft beer producers

Madison-based Beer Dynamics has created a new business model,  in which it takes  bottling equipment to local craft brewers. — Birmingham News

Sessions interns paid; Shelby interns not

A review of Senate pay practices for interns shows that Alabama's senators are split with Jeff Session offering pay or academic credit for his two interns and Richard Shelby not paying his three. — The Atlantic

Mobile cruising for another ship

As Mobile city leaders prepare for a change following Tuesday's mayoral election, one hot topic is the city's effort to lure another cruise line to its empty cruise terminal. — Mobile Press-Register

Birmingham firm develops medical building in Texas

Medical property development company The Sanders Trust, based in Birmingham, has kicked off construction on an $8.7 million medical office building near Fort Worth, Texas, which it will develop and manage after construction. — Sanders Trust PR

Visit Birmingham, travel guide advises

Birmingham is one of five U.S. cities listed a great destinations for the fall in Fodor's travel guide. — Birmingham Business Alliance

Bentley visits copper tubing plant construction site

Gov. Robert Bentley visited the construction site in Wilcox County where a Chinese firm is building a plant to make copper tubing for air conditioning systems and refrigerators. — WNCF-TV Montgomery

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