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Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 9

Birmingham wages rise, jobs stay scarce

Jefferson County ranks in the top 10 percent of the country for wage growth, but recession-lost jobs not coming back. — al.com 

Birmingham wholesalers indicted for tax evasion

Officials of Joey Enterprises Inc. face 242-count indictment for failure to pay more than $1.7 million in state tobacco taxes. — Alabama Attorney General News

DeKalb County firm plans landfill-to-power plant

Energy Developments has won county approval for a project to convert landfill-generated methane into electric power. — WAFF-TV

Brasfield & Gorrie wins barracks renovation contract

Birmingham's Brasfield & Gorrie has been awarded a $14 million contract to renovate barracks at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. — al.com

Southern Co. asks to shut several Georgia power units

Southern Co.'s Georgia Power plans to seek permission to shut down 15 coal and oil-fired generators; Southern Co. is also parent to Alabama Power. — Zacks

SETAC contract shared among nine Huntsville companies

Nine Huntsville-based companies have been selected for a $997 million contract to provide system engineering and technical assistance services for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Command. — Huntsville Times

Logistics specialists needed

Georgia logistics leader anticipates major need for trained logistics and supply chain workers within the next five years. — Charleston Regional Business Journal

Textron opens speciality lab in Huntsville

Textron has opened a new lab in Huntsville to work on manned-unmanned technologies. — Janes

Barbecue Association plans national meet in Mobile

The 22nd annual conference of the  National Barbecue Association will be Feb. 19-23 in Mobile. — National Barbecue Association PR

Red Diamond team changes

Laurie Petrie has been promoted to vice president for national standards at Red Diamond, while David Burke has joined the firm as executive vice president of retail distribution and Scott Nelson as vice president for finance. — Red Diamond PR

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