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Top News Links: Tuesday, August 7

It's no Star Wars fantasy: Alabama is helping Army build battlefield laser

What's better on the battlefield of the future than swarming UAVs or waves of rockets? The Army thinks one answer might be a battlefield laser, and Huntsville company Dynetics has won a $10 million contract to help develop one. It's a 100-kilowatt high energy laser, and it rides on top of a tactical vehicle. The whole system is abbreviated as the HEL TVD. – AL.com

Mobile’s mayor proposes new fee to fix stormwater management

The administration of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson is proposing a new stormwater management fee, in a measure that will come before the Mobile City Council on Tuesday. "When I first stepped into office, Mobile was the poster child for stormwater mismanagement," Stimpson said in a Monday statement explaining the proposal. "As the rainiest city in America, this is a serious problem. This funding will help us better protect our natural resources and create a cleaner, greener community." – AL.com

Faulkner opens new Speech and Language Pathology Clinic

Faulkner University recently opened its new Speech and Language Pathology Clinic, a component of the new College of Health Sciences and the first step toward a comprehensive autism center. The fully funded diagnostic and treatment clinic is well equipped and staffed to see patients, offering services to all ages, infants through the elderly. Patients from the area are welcomed to call for an appointment at no cost. – News release

Energen reports 2Q profit of $68.3 million

Energen Corp. (EGN) on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $68.3 million. The Birmingham-based company said it had net income of 70 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to 77 cents per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 75 cents per share. – AP

Main Street Alabama money sought to dress up Memorial Parkway

Business owners in Huntsville are expecting more walk-in traffic with the south end of Memorial Parkway reopened. City leaders hope some grant money will dress up the corridor over the next few years. A swift Monday evening commute on Memorial Parkway signals a return to normal. "We've stuck it out and I think we're ready to grow pretty big," Das Stahl Bierhaus General Manager David Vail said. – WHNT

Waitr expanding food delivery to Opelika, Auburn

Popular food delivery service app Waitr has announced it will expand into Opelika and Auburn. The delivery service is expected to officially expand into these two areas on Thursday. Waitr’s widespread appeal in Alabama promoted the platform to expand their services, according to company officials. – WSFA

Aprio adds new partner in Birmingham office

Aprio, a full service, CPA-led business advisory firm, is pleased to announce that Rob Shirley has joined the firm as Partner. Shirley will be located in Aprio's Birmingham office and in his role will be responsible for expanding Aprio's presence in the Alabama market. – News release

Daimler shelves Iran expansion as U.S. sanctions take effect

German car and truck manufacturer Daimler on Tuesday said it has dropped plans to expand its Iran business in reaction to renewed U.S. sanctions, which come into effect on Tuesday. “We have ceased our already restricted activities in Iran in accordance with the applicable sanctions,” Daimler said in a statement. – Reuters

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