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Top News Links: Monday, Dec. 3

Vulcan takeover back in news

The Wall Street Journal reports that Martin Marietta is working on a new plan to acquire Birmingham-based Vulcan Materials Co. — a friendly bid this time. — Wall Street Journal

ThyssenKrupp mill negotiations continue

Two South American firms are reportedly the last remaining bidders still negotiating to purchase ThyssenKrupp's two new steel mills in Alabama and its Brazilian plant. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Austal returns to trading with recapitalization plan

Australian shipbuilder Austal, parent of Mobile's Austal USA, has launched a stock bid seeking $85 million in new capital. — al.com

Dispersant made oil spill more toxic

Study says dispersants used in wake of BP oil spill — the government-approved method of dealing with spills — made the spill 50 times more toxic. — Summit County Citizens Voice reported in Think Progress

Guns at work rules scrutinized

Business Council of Alabama faces off with National Rifle Association over regulations on guns at the workplace. — Tuscaloosa News

Harris back as ASU president

Retired ASU president William Harris will take the reins temporarily while the board evaluates concerns about new president Joseph Silver, who is on administrative leave. — WSFA

State hopes to recover $5 million from insurer

An auditing firm that works for a share in irregularities it uncovers says Blue Cross Blue Shield owes the state $5 million in overpayments; insurer says it hasn't yet seen a completed audit. — al.com

Appeals court rules for Trinity

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals has ruled in favor of Trinity Medical Center, clearing the way for its move to the partially built HealthSouth building on U.S. 280. — al.com

BAE contract brings work to Anniston

BAE Systems has won a $37.6 million contract for military vehicle conversions in Pennsylvania; parts and kits will be assembled at BAE's Anniston facility. — Nasdaq

BioCryst merger talks off

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, with major laboratories in Huntsville, is no longer in merger talks with Presidio, a biotech firm that focuses on hepatitis C. — Motley Fool

GHX Industrial plans Loxley plant

GHX Industrial, which makes industrial gaskets and hoses, announced plans for a new facility in Loxley to open next year. — al.com

Small business employment up

Small businesses nationwide added 30,000 jobs in November, according to Intuit report; Alabama shows slight gain. — Intuit PR

New owners for Watermark apartments

Broadstreet at EastChase Apartments, based in Montgomery, has purchases the 272-unit Watermark at EastChase complex for $25.6 million, a record $91 per square foot, in a deal arranged by Hendricks & Partners. — Hendricks & Partners PR

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