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Top News Links: Thursday, Feb. 7

Colombian coal woes for Drummond

Jaime Blanco, a former contractor for Drummond Co. in Colombia, has been convicted of murder in the 2001 killings of two union leaders, the AP reports; judge orders prosecutors to investigate U.S. company officials, since Blanco accused them of ordered the killings. — ABC News

Business Alabama first reported the killings in November 2001, a month after the murders, "Mining and Murder in the Global Jungle." — Business Alabama

Drummond Colombian exports ordered stopped by Colombian environmental authorities after coal spill into Caribbean. — Bloomberg

ArcelorMittal posts $4 billion loss

ArcelorMittal, the largest steel company in the world and a key bidder for ThyssenKrupp's Alabama steel mills, posted a $4 billion loss for 2012. — New York Times

Cotton group rules for Cargill

Alabama's Autauga Quality Cotton Association has lost its bid to recoup funds from Cargill, after the Memphis Cotton Exchange ruled that the agri-giant had represented the best interests of cotton farmers despite lower than expected prices. — Businessweek

Wisconsin quarry sold as Vulcan narrows focus

Birmingham construction aggregates company Vulcan Materials has sold one of its Wisconsin quarries as it sellsl off assets that are not central to its business plan. — Birmingham Business Journal

Teledyne Brown selected for NASA contract

Huntsville's Teledyne Brown Engineering has been selected for a $120 million NASA contract for International Space Station mission operations and integration. — NASA PR

NASA extends SAIC contract

NASA has extended its contract with Science Applications International Corp. of Huntsville for two years; $69 million contract extension covers SAIC's operation of NASA's Enterprise Applications Competency Center. — NASA PR

Renasant acquires First M&F

Renasant Corp., a Mississippi-based bank with operations in Alabama, has acquired the Mississippi-based First M&F, parent of Merchants & Farmers Bank. — Renasant PR

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