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Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 2

Legislature back in business at noon

The Alabama Legislative convenes today at noon. On new revenue, Rep. Mike Ball (R-Madison) said, “I think anybody that has a realistic look at it knows they've about gone down that road as far as they can go, and now it's just time to make due with what we've got as much as possible." – WHNT

Todd May named Marshall Space Flight Center director

Todd May has been named director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. May was appointed Marshall deputy director in August 2015 and has been serving as acting director since the Nov. 13, 2015 retirement of Patrick Scheuermann. – PRNewsWire

Walter Energy sells remaining U.S. assets to Seminole Coal

Walter Energy Inc. announced Monday it has signed a purchase agreement for its remaining U.S. assets with Seminole Coal Resources LLC, ERP Compliant Coke LLC and ERP Environmental Fund Inc., all related to ERP Compliant Fuels LLC, an affiliate of Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund. – PRNewsWire

Ark Labs pushing a smart water valve

The Ark Labs, which is a water-conscious tech startup, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help scale their business, and although it might sound "goofy," the company's founder said the fundraiser isn't only about money.  "[I mean this] from deep down inside—our goal is not financial," CEO and founder Robbie Hillis said. "It would be deemed a success in my mind if we gained x number of community members." Hillis is based in Florence. – Nooga.com

Passengers now have Uber option at Mobile airport

The Mobile Airport Authority has worked out a deal that will allow Mobile Regional Airport passengers access to Uber rides. “We are pleased to welcome Uber as our newest ground transportation company at Mobile Regional Airport,” said Roger Wehner, executive director of the Mobile Airport Authority. – Fox 10

New ranking puts Huntsville at top of livability

A new study ranks Huntsville as one of the cheapest cities in which you'd actually want to reside. Livability.com created the list using five criteria: median household income, income equality, consumer spending, entertainment options and economic conditions. – AL.com

GulfQuest named Project of the Year

The Mobile Area Council of Engineers (MACE) has named GulfQuest National Maritime Museum its 2016 Project of the Year. Thompson Engineering was the Engineer of Record on the GulfQuest project, and Thompson’s sister company, Watermark Design Group, provided the architectural design. – News release

Energen Co. stock upgraded by Zacks

Energen Co. was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, MarketBeat reports. The corporation’s utility subsidiary, Alabama Gas Corporation, is the largest natural gas distribution utility in Alabama. – EMQTV

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