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Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 7

Byrne rallies Congress in support of Austal ships

Twenty-one members of Congress, including the entire Alabama delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, have signed on to a letter written by Congressman Bradley Byrne in support of the littoral combat ship program. – al.com

Roy Moore pushes for states-led marriage amendment

Alabama’s chief justice, known on the national stage for fighting to display the Ten Commandments in a judicial building, is jumping into the gay marriage debate with his push for a states-led constitutional amendment defining the institution as a union between one man and one woman. – Decatur Daily

Today’s job report: disappointing, not tragic

The U.S. economy added just 113,000 jobs in January, a small improvement over December’s disappointing report but not nearly enough to signal a much-needed rebound in the increasingly unpredictable U.S. labor market. – FOX Business News

International Shipholding sailing back to Big Easy

International Shipholding Corp. has announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters from Mobile back to its historical home of New Orleans. This move will apply solely to the corporate headquarters, with significant operations remaining in Mobile. The company expects the move to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2015. – Businesswire

Company offers data on DOT projects nationwide

Reed Construction Data announces the release of comprehensive data on thousands of Department of Transportation infrastructure projects across the country. With DOT projects representing nearly 50 percent of civil planning spending, this data offers enhanced visibility into a large sector of infrastructure construction, from roads and bridges to excavating and grading—with a view up to a year prior to bidding. – Reedconstructiondata.com

BancorpSouth buys land for new financial center

BancorpSouth Bank has purchased land for a new multilevel financial center in Hoover's Southland subdivision. The new 8,400-square-foot center will be located at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Southland Drive. – Bizjournals.com

Beasley drops plans for gubernatorial challenge

Ending weeks of speculation, Sen. Billy Beasley, D-Clayton, announced Thursday he would not run for governor. In a sometimes emotional press conference, Beasley, a pharmacist by trade, said he would seek re-election to the Senate. – South Union Street

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