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Top News Links: Wednesday, August 7

Judge rules against Repton landfill

The tiny community of Repton — backed by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the Escambia County Commission and the nearby towns of Atmore and Brewton — has won a long-standing court battle to prevent Conecuh Woods LLC from building a 5,100-acre landfill in the community to handle waste from 28 states; no word yet whether developer will appeal. – Brewton Standard

Baldwin bans wind turbines

Faced with a Virginia company's proposal to build a power-generating wind farm in rural Baldwin County, the coastal county's commissioners have passed a ban on all but small home or farm-sized wind generators. — Mobile Press-Register

BP asks for break from payments

British oil company BP has asked the federal court overseeing the liability trials stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill to halt its required payments for damages while it further investigates the possibility that some claims are fraudulent. — Financial Times

Jefferson County pay-off plan goes up for vote by creditors

A federal bankruptcy judge yesterday approved plans to send Jefferson County's bankruptcy workout plan to creditors for their approval; virtually all creditors will lose money under the plan, which would end Jefferson County's bankruptcy — the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation until Detroit filed last month. — Business Insurance

United Launch Alliance wins $183 million rocket contract

United Launch Alliance, with 800 employees building Delta and Atlas rockets in Decatur, has been awarded a $183 million contract to launch a satellite for NASA, which aims to collect samples from an asteroid. — Decatur Daily

Lively new downtown Birmingham gets a nod from New York Times

Newspaper features downtown Birmingham's revitalization with shops, parks, ballfields and more. — New York Times

More immigrants calling Calhoun home

From waitresses to cancer specialists, more immigrants from more countries are finding new homes in Calhoun County. — Anniston Star

Drummond strike slams Colombian coal output

Strike by miners at Drummond's Colombian coal operations has cut the country's coal output by nearly a third; talks slated to resume this week. — Mining.com/Reuters

Jail time for fake employment scheme

An Ashville man was sentenced to 100 months in jail for his part in a scheme to submit work records for nonexistent employees, then collect their pay; his partner in the scheme pleaded guilty last year. — Alabama Attorney General PR

Education notes

State awards $50,000 in federal funding Bevill State's electrical training program on the Fayette Campus. — ADECA PR

The University of Alabama is adding a concentration in software engineering to its computer science options. — Birmingham News

Trinity's new hospital to use Grandview name

After an extended battle for permission to move into the hospital building started by HealthSouth but never completed, Trinity Hospital is celebrating its new location by changing its name to Grandview, to reflect the area's community name. — Over the Mountain Journal

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