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Top News Links: Monday, Jan. 20

Harbert International to build new hangar

Birmingham’s BL Harbert International will build the new $12 million aircraft maintenance hangar facility for Brightwater Aviation Properties in Enterprise. – al.com

Judge declines to block Beltline construction

A federal judge denied a request Friday for a preliminary injunction that would block construction of the Northern Beltline, a planned 50-mile corridor to link Interstate 459 in Bessemer with Interstate 59 in Jefferson County. – Birmingham News

Navy awards 36-vessel contract to Silver Ships

The U.S. Navy has awarded a 36-vessel contract to Silver Ships Inc. for 11-meter aluminum surface support craft vessels. – Press-Register

Alabama Chanin expands in Florence

Alabama Chanin, the brainchild of fashion designer and author Natalie Chanin, recently expanded with The Factory + Café, a new multipurpose venue that operates as a store, studio, full-service eatery and meeting space in Florence. – al.com

Environmental lawyers dispute coal company claims

Claims by Alabama coal companies that halting a certain type of mining permit along the Black Warrior River would disable a $783 million-a-year industry and eliminate more than 1,000 jobs are "exaggerated" and "absurd," attorneys for a river protection group say in a court filing this week. – al.com

Florentine Building to get $2.5M facelift

Owners of the Florentine Building at Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard and Second Avenue North in Birmingham plan to renovate the historic building into the new home of their catering operations, making it a restaurant, bar and event space. – Birmingham News

Microbrew comes to northwest Alabama

The first microbrewery in Northwest Alabama is expected to be serving beer in March. – Florence TimesDaily 

Lending limits help state banks weather storm

More than 500 financial institutions have failed nationwide since Birmingham-based ServisFirst Bank was founded in 2006, according to its CEO. – The Montgomery Advertiser

New flight training school operating in Huntsville

Wings of Eagles, which offers primary and advanced flight training, aircraft rental and management, sales and consulting services, has opened at Huntsville International Airport adjacent to Signature Flight Support. – al.com

UAW asking members for dues increase

UAW President Bob King said he will ask members to approve a dues increase at their convention in June as the union seeks to replenish its strike fund and continue an organizing push at automotive assembly plants in the South. – Detroit Free Press

Jeff Davis High School a design finalist

Following more than a month of online voting, Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery will represent Alabama in the final round of the Can Do Good Social Design Build Competition after their Can Do Good Structures received the most votes among the participating schools in their state. The final round will be judged by a panel of architects and engineers from Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Inc., to determine the winner of a $2,500 scholarship for their school, along with the title of Best Can Do Good Structure in the Southeast. – News release

Beasley: Proposed consumer law a Trojan horse

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., Founding Shareholder Jere L. Beasley says legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate this week appears to provide consumer protections in the event of security breaches like the recent Target data theft, but actually undermines their right to justice through the court system. – News release

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