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Top News Links: Friday, Jan. 31

TK sale approved by U.S. authorities

ThyssenKrupp AG has received approval from U.S. anti-trust authorities for the sale of its rolling and coating plant in Alabama, the steel and engineering group said. The deal is still pending regulatory approval in other countries. – MarketWatch

Flood insurance hike may be delayed

Hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing big flood insurance premium increases would see those rate hikes delayed for years under legislation that's set to pass the U.S. Senate. – al.com

United Propane drawing more fire

Customers are complaining that United Propane Gas, with many branches in Alabama, is not honoring set, agreed-on contracts. – WAFF.com

Alabama Power skates around sluggish demand

Annual earnings reports from two nationwide utilities suggest the new normal is sluggish to declining retail sales of electricity. Southern Co., on the other hand, saw its bottom line for the year bolstered by favorable rulings on rate increases across its territories. – EENews.net

Raytheon awarded Patriot Missile work

Raytheon Co. has been awarded a $108 million modification to an existing Army contract for work on the Patriot Missile. Part of the work will take place in Huntsville. – al.com

Peanut farmers breathe sigh of relief

The 2014 Farm Bill has passed the House and awaits Senate approval. Carl Sanders, president of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, expressed confidence Thursday that the farm bill will pass. – Dothan Eagle

Huntsville: the bee’s knees

Huntsville Hospital is earning high praise for knee replacement surgeries, according to Consumer Reports. – WAFF.com

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