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Top News Links: Monday, Feb. 3

Colombia to bring charges against Drummond

Colombian chief prosecutor Eduardo Montealegre says he will bring charges against six employees of Drummond Coal over an environmental disaster last year in which tons of coal spilled into the sea at Santa Marta. – BBC.co.uk

Alabama gains construction jobs in latest survey

Construction firms added jobs in 34 states over the past 12 months, but construction employment declined in 32 states and the District of Columbia between November and December as many parts of the country coped with weather, according to Labor Department data. Alabama was among three states with steep one-month gains in December, posting a 2.6 percent jump representing 2,000 jobs. – Agc.org

SKF USA completes St. Clair County plant

SKF USA’s $4 million facility in Moody has completed construction and is expected to employ at least 25 workers when operational. – Birmingham News

Knauf Insulation restarting Chambers County plant

CEO Mark Andrews said relationships played a major role in the company’s decision to restart operations at Knauf Insulation’s mothballed Chambers County plant rather than seek a new location. “At every single stage of this, we really felt we were wanted in Alabama,” Andrews said. The 800,000-square-foot plant employs 120 people. – Made in Alabama

Bank-owned properties to be auctions in Birmingham

A Birmingham sale of bank-owned properties is set for 1 p.m. CST Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Embassy Suites in Homewood, 2300 Woodcrest Place. It will include approximately 40 properties from around the state, including a two-tenant medical office building in Valley and an assisted living residence in Alabaster. – PRnewswire

Newest combat ship sails from Mobile

The Navy's newest Littoral Combat Ship - Coronado (LCS 4) – has departed Mobile’s Austal USA shipyard en route to its April 5 commissioning and new homeport at San Diego. Coronado is the second Independence-class aluminum trimaran. – PNJ.com

NASA picks Teledyne Brown for launch component

NASA has selected Teledyne Brown Engineering of Huntsville to design and build a key component of the new Space Launch System rocket the agency is developing to send humans farther than ever into deep space. – Nasa.gov

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