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Top News Links: Thursday, Jan. 17

ThyssenKrupp collects bids for Alabama, Brazil plants

The Wall Street Journal reports that ArcelorMittal and Nucor have both bid $1.5 billion for ThyssenKrupp's remaining Alabama steel plant while Brazilian Siderurgica Nacional has bid $3.8 billion for the Alabama plant and a Brazilian one. — Wall Street Journal

Gulf shrimpers seek fed help against subsidized foreign competitors

Shrimpers who work the Gulf of Mexico waters are asking for help from federal agencies to avoid being undercut by imported shrimp they say is subsidized by foreign governments. — Portland (Maine) Press Herald

Better chance for coast-state oil and gas royalty bill

Political analysts say a bill to give coastal states a bigger share of offshore oil and gas royalties has a better chance of passage this year because its originating committee is led by two coastal Senators. — The Hill

Second Chantix case settles out of court

Pfizer has settled a second case involving psychiatric issues allegedly linked to the stop-smoking drug Chantix, again just shortly before the case was to be heard in U.S. District Court in Alabama. — Fierce Pharma

Adtran profit drops

Huntsville high-tech firm Adtran saw an 87 percent drop in profits in the fourth quarter of 2012 and fears a similar first quarter of 2013, company officials said, saying their business has been impacted by financial uncertainties that cut government tech infrastructure spending worldwide. — Huntsville Times

Nobel Peace Prize winner Yunus to speak in Tuskegee

Bangladeshi banker Mohammud Yunus,who won a Nobel Peace Prize for strategies to help small businesses in poverty areas, is slated to offer suggestions for improving the Black Belt economy in presentation at Tuskegee University Friday. — Montgomery Advertiser

McWane seeks settlement from property seller

Birmingham's McWane has filed a suit against the former owner of an industrial site McWane bought in New York, claiming the seller is liable for failing to clean up hazardous waste. — Birmingham News

Auburn's online MBA wins kudos

Auburn University's online master's in business administration was ranked seventh best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. — US News

Loft apartments planned in two downtown Birmingham buildings

Two buildings in Birmingham's theatre district have been purchased by developer Kyle Kruse, who plans to convert them to loft apartments, with work slated to begin in June. — Birmingham News

Jackson County lawmakers face suit over funding board

Four Jackson County lawmakers who created a district funding board and named themselves to it — giving them broad discretion to distribute state money — have been sued by a former county official. — al.com 

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