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Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 13

Federal judge orders licenses issued

A federal judge ordered an Alabama judge Thursday to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in his county. U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade has instructed Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. – ABC News

Work begins on Thomas Jefferson Tower

Developers have started construction on the historic Thomas Jefferson Tower (Leer Tower) in downtown Birmingham. The $22 million project will convert the building into 96 apartments, with 7,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. – BizJournals.com

Huntsville green lights redevelopment

The Huntsville City Council has given the green light to a $70 million redevelopment of the former downtown Holiday Inn property. At its meeting Thursday night, the council voted to lease the prime tract overlooking Big Spring International Park to CRS City Centre LLC for $144,000 a year. The contract runs for 99 years. – AL.com

Tuskegee Institute designer honored

Robert Robinson Taylor, believed to have been both the first African-American graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the designer of the Tuskegee Institute, was inducted into the Postal Service’s Black Heritage Stamp series Thursday as the 38th honoree. – USPS Stamps

TVA to buy power from solar farm

TVA is moving to buy more natural gas and solar power generation as the federal utility continues to move away from coal-fired generation. The Tennessee Valley Authority Thursday approved a plan to enter into a power purchase agreement to buy the power from a new 80-megawatt solar farm to be built near TVA's Colbert Fossil Plant in North Alabama. – Times Free Press

Weak Euro puts ThyssenKrupp in black

Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG on Friday said it turned a profit in the first quarter of 2015, in the latest sign that the heavy restructuring undertaken by Chief Executive Heinrich Hiesinger is starting to pay off. The German industrial conglomerate said net profit for the period ended Dec. 31 was €50 million ($57.18 million), compared with a loss of €65 million a year earlier, boosted by a weaker euro. – WSJ

Wallace State shows off job options

A recent job-shadowing event in the area, organized by Wallace State Community College, provided 618 high school seniors an opportunity to get a glimpse of potential career choices. The event lasted from Jan. 26-30 and Feb. 2 and was made up of seniors from Cullman, Cold Springs, Danville, Fairview, Falkville, Good Hope, Hanceville, Holly Pond, Vinemont and West Point High Schools. – News release

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