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Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 22

New technology may lighten coal plant emissions

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Southern Company Services have successfully tested a technology that captures and sequesters carbon dioxide from coal plants. Southern Company owns the 2,657 megawatt power plant in Alabama that the technology was tested on. – IEEE Spectrum

Analyst: Colombia serious about green reforms

After the Drummond coal shutdown, “it’s going to become more complicated to operate in Colombia unless you stick to very strict environmental standards,” according to Oliver Wack, an analyst in Colombia at Control Risks, a global consultant on security, political and integrity risks. – Bloomberg

Nexus AG investing $10.8 million in Athens building

Nexus AG Holdings is buying the 300,000-square-foot building across U.S. 31 from Calhoun Community College to house an Alliance Steel coil company, according to development officials. – Decatur Daily

Downtown Mobile attracts new 100-job employer

Atlanta-based Rural Sourcing Inc., a leading domestic IT sourcing firm, will bring 100 jobs to downtown Mobile with average salaries of about $50,000, company officials said Tuesday. – Rural Sourcing Inc.

Alabama takes pragmatic approach to crowdfunding

Joseph Borg, director of the Alabama Securities Commission, tells crowdfundinsider that “the whole idea behind (Alabama’s) crowdfunding legislation we’ve proposed is to make it easy, efficient and inexpensive. We do not want funds that should be used for capital to be spent on things that we do not consider necessary on the front end.” – Crowdfund Insider

Educators meeting in Troy debate Common Core standards

Alabama's College and Career Ready Initiative, or Common Core, sets standards for where students should be with certain subjects at certain grade levels, and it brought spirited debate Tuesday at a meeting of educators in Troy. – ABC 3340

Analytics experts to convene in Tuscaloosa

World-renowned analytics experts will present innovative case studies at the University of Alabama's 2014 Institute of Business Analytics annual symposium Jan. 30-31 at the Hotel Capstone. – Newswise

NRC starts special inspection at Farley nuclear plant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun a special inspection at Southern Nuclear Operating Company's two-unit Farley nuclear power plant located near Columbia. – Energy Business Review

Construction to start soon on Birmingham’s new intermodal station

Birmingham Mayor William Bell said the city’s new $30 million, three-block intermodal station should start construction in the next few months, bringing together bus and automotive transportation together in one place. – al.com

BP seeks rehearing in multibillion settlement

BP has asked the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a ruling that upheld a judge's approval of a multibillion-dollar settlement for compensating victims of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. – Alabama's 13

BBVA testing latest drive-through banking

BBVA Compass is testing the next generation of drive-thru banking at three Houston branches, allowing customers to summon remote tellers via devices with high-definition screens that double as full-service ATMs. – Wall Street Journal

Adran sees 14 percent year-to-year growth

Networking and communications equipment provider Adtran, Inc. reported late Tuesday a profit for the fourth quarter that soared from last year, showing 14 percent growth, according to company officials. – Rttnews.com

CEOs more confident in global economy, study says

Twice as many CEOs as last year believe the global economy will improve over the next 12 months, according to new survey. pwc.com

O’Neals Industries affiliate expanding to Houston

Leeco Steel LLC, an Illinois steel plate distribution company owned by Alabama-based O’Neal Industries, recently purchased its first Houston facility — a 67,000-square-foot distribution space. – Bizjournals.com

Airbus named title sponsor of Mobile’s LPGA tournament

Airbus will be the title sponsor for the LPGA tournament in Mobile this spring. The tournament will be known as the Airbus Mobile Bay LPGA Classic and will be held May 22-25 at RTJ Magnolia Grove in Mobile. – LPGA release

Arotech gets $2.4 million in new orders

Arotech Corporation, a defense products provider that does business in Alabama, announced today that its Battery and Power Systems Division has received $2.4 million in new orders for batteries and related systems. – Wall Street Journal

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