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Top News Links: Monday, Feb. 10

Singapore Airlines eyes big order

Singapore Airlines has begun weighing a potential order for dozens of wide-body jets as it compares Boeing's revamped 777X against Europe's Airbus A350, three sources familiar with the matter said. The airline is looking at a potential order for as many as 40 777X aircraft in a deal potentially worth $15 billion at list prices, the sources said, asking not to be identified. – Chicago Tribune

Duo drills into tank double dipping

A pioneer in cleaning up toxic messes, Thomas Schruben long suspected major oil companies of being paid twice for dealing with leaks from underground fuel storage tanks - once from government funds and again, secretly, from insurance companies. Schruben found a partner in Dennis Pantazis, an Alabama lawyer known for bringing environmental and civil rights cases. "Together we started unraveling the mystery," Schruben said. – money.msn.com

Volkswagen votes on union this week

All eyes are on a vote this week for potential unionization at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn. plant. The stakes are enormous for both sides. The election, from Wednesday to Friday, will be supervised by the National Labor Relations Board. – Lansing State Journal

Alabamian involved in ice cream diplomacy

Entrepreneurs in the United States have joined forces with peasant farmers in Haiti to help transform the country’s bitter poverty into delicious and life-sustaining ice cream. A former professor from Alabama and a Baltimore gourmet ice cream maker are being recognized for their efforts to help Haitian farmers find a market for their high-value vanilla beans and cacao in a product they call “ice cream with a purpose.” – Reuters

Samford begins building new business school

Construction has begun on the new site of the Brock School of Business building at Samford University in Birmingham. School officials say the 73,270-square foot facility is expected to be complete by the fall 2015 semester. The project is estimated to cost $30 million. – Alabama's 13

Vulcan Materials increases shipments in 4 Q

Vulcan Materials Company, the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, increased aggregates shipments 7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, company official say. Earnings from continuing operations were $0.08 per diluted share versus $0.03 per share last year. – Vulcan Materials

AlaSim International Conference May 6-7

The Dynetics Solutions Complex in Huntsville will be the site of the 2014 AlaSim International Conference & Exposition May 6-7, 2014. This event will bring together members of the modeling and simulation (M&S) community from Alabama, North America and the world. – almsc.org

Beware of fraudulent phone, internet bills

BTS, a Birmingham-based unified communications company, advises the region's businesses to be aware of fraudulent bills coming from companies posing as telecommunications carriers. The Department of Consumer Protection has launched an investigation into a company calling itself "UST" or "US Telecom" which has been claiming that the aforementioned invoices were for preventive maintenance on existing telephone systems. – Askbts.com

FTC dismisses much of McWane antitrust case

The Federal Trade Commission has dismissed much of its antitrust case against McWane Inc., an Alabama-based manufacturer of iron pipe fittings, in a ruling that could temper recent criticisms of the FTC’s internal process for trying cases. – Wall Street Journal blog

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