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Top News Links: Monday, Aug. 15

PSC member could make fortune off firm he regulates

A member of the Alabama Public Service Commission sought a lease for a community solar plant on his land that would pay $5.6 million over a 25-year lease, despite previously voting against net metering for the state, according to reports. Commissioner Chip Beeker requested an advisor opinion on whether he could lease his 451 acres in Greene County to an energy company called Coronal Development Group, a potential pay day of $225,500 a year. – PV Tech

Birmingham Council puts activist on Water Board

The Birmingham City Council fired a shot this week. They lobbed a volley at the mayor, at the Alabama Legislature and at all those who see the Birmingham Water Works as an asset for anybody but the city of Birmingham. The council named William Muhammad, community activist and self-described stone-thrower, to a coveted spot on the Water Board. Muhammad replaces Mountain Brook's Ann Florie, which is like replacing a ceiling fan with a tornado. – AL.com

Lauderdale Co-Op investing in Port Authority

 What at first glance might appear to be an array of solar panels near the Lauderdale County Co-Op on South Court Street is something less high tech, but will benefit local grain producers down the road. Hal Greer, director of the Florence-Lauderdale Port Authority, said the metal panels are part of a grain bunker that will hold 1 million bushels of corn once it's completed in about a month. – TimesDaily

Donald Trump blames ‘disgusting’ media for reversals

Donald Trump’s campaign on Sunday went on a new tear against the media, blaming the ‘‘disgusting’’ press for a week of distractions at a time when Republicans have urged him to focus on rival Hillary Clinton. Trump will get another chance to reset his campaign on Monday when he is expected to lay out his plan for defeating what running mate Mike Pence called, ‘‘radical Islamic terrorism.’’ – Boston Globe

Nissan ups warranty game on 2017 Titan

Nissan Motor Co. will offer a five-year/100,000-mile, bumper-to-bumper warranty on the 2017 Titan as it prepares to launch two new variants of the large pickup that are expected to be volume sellers. The expanded warranty across the 2017 Titan lineup will be among the most comprehensive among big pickup trucks sold in the U.S., Nissan said Monday. – Automotive News

Utility buys mega property in Foley

Riviera Utilities paid $4.35 million for the 38,000-square-foot Class A office building formerly owned by Gulf Telephone Co. and currently used byCenturyLink at the corner of Underwood and Ala. 59 in Foley, according to court records and utility officials. – AL.com

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