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Top News Links: Friday, Jan. 25

Public Service Commission nixes public rate review

Public Service Commission chair Twinkle Cavanaugh says no to formal rate review, saying "extremist" participation would mean job losses in Alabama. — al.com

Port approves $11.5 million for rail access to intermodal site

Alabama State Port Authority officials approved spending $11.5 million to build, inspect and test a railroad bridge giving the state's five Class I railroads access to the port rail service and the new intermodal facility at Choctaw Point. — Port PR

Stainless plant offers sneak preview

Outokumpu Oyj, new owners of the former ThyssenKrupp Stainless plant at Calvert, showed off new facilities yesterday as they ramp up for full production; officials say their target is one quarter of the U.S. stainless market. — Mobile Press-Register

Moody's "junks" ThyssenKrupp

Investment rating service Moody's has cut its rating for ThyssenKrupp to Baa3, or "junk," citing a poor outlook for steel worldwide and financial problems at the mills TK built in Alabama and Brazil. — Reuters

Infrared camera, specially dyed cells, helps surgeons target cancer

A University of Alabama at Birmingham team has developed a means to make cancer cells glow during surgery so they're easier to identify and remove. — al.com

Protest, lawsuit to fight new Creek casino

A Native American rights group plans a protest against construction of a Creek Indian casino in Wetumpka, saying it's being built on sacred ground; similar claims are included in a federal lawsuit filed by Oklahoma Creeks. — al.com

Granddaddy rocket engine back in test mode

NASA engineers are revisiting the possibilities of an engine that's more than 40 years old as a key element for new propulsion systems. — Boston

U.S. Treasury building gets design ok

A $19 million U.S. Treasury building planned for downtown Birmingham won design approval this week. — Birmingham News

Background for Jeffco sewer rate decisions can stay private, judge rules

Creditors for Jefferson County's sewer system asked a court to give them background on the debate behind new sewer rates, but the judge ruled that policymakers need privacy in making some decisions. — Yahoo News

Regulators approve Trustmark, BancTrust merger

Eight months after Trustmark and  BancTrust Financial announced plans for a merger, regulators have approved the deal, which is expected to close in February. – Banking Business Review

Hancock posts better fourth quarter

Hancock Holding Co., which owns Hancock and Whitney banks, posted better fourth-quarter results than a year ago, but also faced a loss from sales of bad loans. – Mississippi Business Journal

Trinity relocation may go back to court

An attorney representing Brookwood Medical Center said that hospital will appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court in hopes of stopping Trinity's plan to move to U.S. 280. — Birmingham News

Major loan to refinance Tuscaloosa housing developer

Ellis-Trick Multifamily has received a $19.6 million federal loan to refinance construction costs for Bluff at Waterworks Landing. — Globe St.

Muscle Shoals film to air at Sundance

Greg Camalier's film "Muscle Shoals," featuring music history from the legendary recording venue, will debut at the Sundance festival Saturday. — Rolling Stone

High-tech predictions from UA faculty

University of Alabama faculty make annual predictions about high-tech products from self-driving cars to a head-mounted internet connection allowing a constant blend of reality and virtual reality. — Engineering News

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