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Top News Links: Wednesday, Dec. 16

Assault charge filed in mayor-councilman brawl

A bloody backroom brawl between the mayor and a council member -- who has now been charged with third degree assault -- at a city council meeting in Birmingham on Tuesday landed both of them in the hospital. Mayor William Bell and City Councilor Marcus Lundy got caught up in a verbal dispute before agreeing to take their differences to a more private location in a room behind the public chambers, according to witnesses and reporters on Twitter. – CNN

Sanders Capital doing Liberty Park retail center

A Birmingham developer will build a $3 million retail center in Liberty Park. Sanders Capital Partners will build the center adjacent to Prominence Shops. Construction is scheduled to begin early next year with most of construction to be finished by the summer. The center will be about 9,000 square feet and has already secured Your Pie Pizzeria as the first tenant. – AL.com

Union leader says JWR buyer could face strike

A union leader said that miners working for Jim Walter Resources are prepared to strike if the mines' bankrupt parent company or any potential buyer doesn't agree to pay health benefits for retirees. Hoover-based Walter Industries is nearing the end of bankruptcy proceedings that include selling Jim Walter Mines No. 4 and No. 7 in Brookwood. – Tuscaloosa News

Gadsden looking to develop its waterfront

The Gadsden City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement with Birmingham's Cyprus Partners into looking at "the potential for development of city-owned property" along the Coosa River. The council made the decision after meeting in executive session for part of the morning. – AL.com

World Marine acquires Signal assets

Signal International and its subsidiaries are being sold to World Marine as part of Signal's Chapter 11 plan of liquidation. An order confirming the plan was previously entered by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in November, Signal said in a press release. The company voluntarily filed under Chapter 11 in July. – Sun Herald

Conservation officials announce $21M in Gulf projects

Representatives for Alabama Gulf Seafood and other conservation officials this week announced $21 million in new funding for Gulf restoration projects in Alabama. The funds will help continue efforts to accelerate the recovery of ecosystems impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, according to a release from Alabama Gulf Seafood. – BizJournals.com

Governor Bentley’s very turbulent year

For Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, you could say 2015 was a turbulent year: He removed the Confederate flags from the state Capitol, where they'd flown for decades, waged a tax-hike battle with lawmakers and saw his marriage of 50 years come apart. In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, Bentley discussed the past year and the outlook for 2016. – AP/WTVA

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