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Top News Links: Friday, Jan. 24

‘Crowd funding’ may come to Alabama

The Senate voted 31-0 Thursday for a "crowd funding" bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur, meaning that if passed, a person could start a small business in Alabama using social media and advertising to find investors in the state. The limit for funds raised would be $1 million. – Businessweek

Decatur rocket launching Dream Chaser in 2016

Sierra Nevada Corp. announces that the first orbital flight of its Dream Chaser spacecraft will launch Nov. 1, 2016 from Cape Canaveral, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket being built in Decatur. – Bcbr.com

Governor declares emergency over cold

Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency for all Alabama counties due to the threat of a propane gas shortage affecting farmers and residents. – al.com

Propane shortage making brutal winter worse

A propane shortage is affecting millions this week as brutal cold exposes the vulnerabilities of a network responsible for heating homes, schools and businesses across the United States. – Reuters

ASF Logistics packing up huge boiler for export

International logistics provider ASF Logistics this week began the process of transporting a 144,800 pound industrial boiler from the Port of Mobile to Haifa, Israel, on behalf of Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group and Haifa Chemicals. – ASF Logistics news release

Cold temps could mean heavy losses for chicken farmers

The frigid temperatures could mean heavy losses for poultry farmers in Alabama who rely on propane to warm their chicken houses. – Enewscourier.com

Oil re-refinery coming to Childersburg

Construction will begin soon on an oil re-refinery in the Childersburg Industrial Park in mid-2015, Alabama Green Lubricants has announced. – Dailyhome.com

Protective Life Corp hits 52-week high

Protective Life Corp. shares hit a 52-week high of $53.08 on Tuesday. The momentum was driven by strong operating performance at the company in the first nine months of 2013. – Zacks.com

Vulcan selling cement, concrete businesses in Florida

Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC), the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the company's cement and concrete businesses in the Florida area to Cementos Argos for gross cash proceeds of $720 million. – Wall Street Journal

Beer, smokes without exiting car in Calera

The first drive-through liquor store in the state, R&R Wine and Liquor, is now open on Highway 31 next to Subway and Publix. – Shelby County Reporter

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