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Top News Links: Friday, August 22

Advisory group wants mine halted

Representing all 99 of the city’s neighborhood associations, Birmingham’s Citizens Advisory Board has passed a Resolution urging The University of Alabama System Trustees (UA) to stop the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine from polluting a major drinking water supply for the greater Birmingham area. – News release

Mayor to DNC: Why not Birmingham?

Birmingham's bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention is backed by a feasibility plan that includes stacks of maps, 3D video imagery and plans for major renovations to meet the requirements. – AL.com

ProjectXYZ helps fund green tiny home

Nexus Energy Center's online crowdfunding effort to raise $5,000 to build Alabama's greenest "tiny" home was successful this month with the help of Huntsville-based ProjectXYZ. – AL.com

NASA provides educational grants

The Alabama Space Grant Consortium has been awarded funding by NASA’s Office of Education to implement new educational initiatives that will provide support for their community and technical colleges. – News release

T-shirts to benefit state conservation

Alabama-based fashion designer Billy Reid has again partnered with Alabama Gulf Seafood to create a special, three-design T-shirt series featuring Alabama Gulf Seafood, currently on sale to the public at BillyReid.com. Shirts will retail for $56, and a portion of proceeds will benefit state conservation. – News release

Vulcan acquires Oklahoma quarry

Vulcan Materials Company has acquired a quarry in Oklahoma with rail connectivity to Texas and a couple of distribution yards in Dallas from Martin Marietta Materials Inc. The deal is expected to strengthen Vulcan’s position in one of its major aggregate markets, Texas. – Zacks

T&W marks 10 years in Huntsville

T&W Operations came together with Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Rep. Mo Brooks, Chamber members and a crowd of employees to cut the ribbon on its new 15,000-square-foot building in Cummings Research Park. The event also recognized the company's 10th year in business. – AL.com

Operating profits down at Avocent

Avocent International, whose Irish operations are based in Shannon, has reported a drop in operating profits from almost $4.6 million to $3 million. Avocent’s principal business is the “development, manufacture, distribution, sale and marketing of IT solutions products. It has operations in Alabama. – Irish Times

Bentley grant to help unemployed

Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $60,000 grant to continue efforts to help workers who have lost their jobs due to downsizing or plant closings. The grant to the Alabama Department of Labor will help support the department’s participation in the state’s Rapid Response Team. – News release

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