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Top News Links: Monday, Jan. 28

Teachers, state workers unlikely to get raise

Gov. Robert Bentley says raises are unlikely for teachers and state employees because the state's general fund is low on cash. — Birmingham Business Journal

DeShazo plans second crane plant

Alabaster's DeShazo Crane Co. LLC has announced plans to open an additional crane manufacturing plant in Birmingham this spring; the $2.1 million plant is expected to employ 50 people. — Birmingham Business Journal

$5 million equipment boost at Mercedes supplier

ISE Inno-motive Systems U.S. Inc. is adding $5 million worth of equipment as it gears up to supply Mercedes-Benz for its new C-Class sedans. — Tuscaloosa News

Shelby, Baldwin rank high for income growth

Shelby and Baldwin counties both ranked in the top fifty U.S. counties for income growth, with Shelby at 24th and Baldwin at 35th. — Birmingham Business Journal

Southern states seek to bypass federal healthy air standards

Alabama is among states in a new group hoping to avoid federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations on clean air standards by creating their own standards. — Dallas Morning News

Air power at home

While Alabama Power heads to the Southern Plains for wind power, Tennessee Valley Authority plans to purchase power from new wind farm near Gadsden. — Clean Energy Footprints; Businessweek

Tennessee to face fracking debate

Mineral rights trading suggests that energy companies are preparing to drill for natural gas near Chattanooga in a process called fracking, that unleashes natural gas but sometimes pollutes water supplies. — Chattanooga Times Free Press

Harbert works toward new European real estate fund

Birmingham-based Harbert Management has raised more than $522 million for its third European real estate investment fund. — Birmingham News

Australians, Singaporeans partner to service U.S. Navy ships

Austal Ltd. has partnered with Sembawang Shipyard to support and service U.S. Navy ships built at Austal USA. — Mobile Press-Register

Bright future for Austal, even in tough defense spending times

Austal USA is positioned to do well, despite the threat of cost-cutting by the military. — Marine Link

Ad campaign planned to attract industry

Alabama's Commerce Department seeks to create a new "brand" for the state to attract global industry to the state. — al.com 

Casino-owning Creeks donate to Atmore Hospital

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, owners of an Atmore casino, donated $960,000 to Atmore Community Hospital last week. — Mobile Press-Register

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