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Top News Links: Friday, Jan. 22

Colombian tribunal extends Drummond contract

A Colombian high tribunal on Thursday approved the government's bid to extend for up to 30 years its contract with coal company Drummond to mine under new conditions in the north of the Andean nation. The tribunal said there were no legal impediments to stretching the life or altering the terms of the contract for La Loma mine when it ends in 2019. The original contract was signed in 1988. – Reuters

New Ridgeline: Ultimate tailgating platform?

In updating its Ridgeline midsize pickup, Honda Motor Co. aimed to create the ultimate tailgating tool. Honda introduced the Ridgeline in 2005 with a plastic composite bed incorporating molded-in tie-down spots and secure storage under the bed. The 2017 version, unveiled at the 2016 Detroit auto show, retains those popular features of the original, and adds some new innovations. – Autonews.com

Buzz building for Birmingham’s Redmont Hotel

What are people anticipating most as Birmingham's Redmont Hotel prepares to open after a multimillion-dollar renovation? Ask hotel officials and they'll tell you that most people can't wait to see the hotel's rooftop bar with its closeup view of the Redmont Hotel sign, an iconic part of downtown Birmingham's skyline. – AL.com

Lessons for Donald Trump from HB56

In the spring of 2011, as Alabama lawmakers debated some of the harshest anti-immigration bills in the country, a monstrous twister ripped through the town of Tuscaloosa, flattening neighborhoods and killing 64 people. Everyone needed help—but many of the city's Latino residents stayed cowered in their homes, afraid of being thrown in jail if they emerged to seek food or shelter. – Vice

Anniston cobbler keeps his craft alive

The hands are constantly in motion. The hands of a worker who is obligated to sit still for a while to share his story. He holds a small plastic bag, and is twisting the life out of it. “My hands,” Ricky Alldredge says with a knowing smile, “are always working.” He is sitting in the back room at Gem Shoe Store, a business he owns with his wife, Tammy, a business essentially inherited from Tammy’s parents and a century-old legacy of other cobblers. – Anniston Star

Chicken Salad Chick opening in South Carolina

Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced today its first location in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. will open on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 280 West Coleman Blvd., Suites F and G. – News release

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