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Top News Links: Thursday, Jan. 7

BP selling Decatur plant to Indorama Ventures

Oil and gas producer BP has agreed to sell its petrochemical complex in Decatur to Indorama Ventures for an undisclosed amount. The proposed sale is a part of the company's previously announced strategy to reorganize its global petrochemicals business. Under the deal, Indorama will acquire the 50-year-old complex, including its nearly 800 employees, as well as assume responsibility of some suppliers and customers contracts. – Chemicals-technology.com

Walter Energy’s potential new owner reveals plans

Walter Energy's potential new owner has no plans to operate the company's mines in West Virginia if the sale goes through, Coal Acquisition LLC's Stephen Williams said at Walter's sale hearing Wednesday. The hearing Wednesday should be the last before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Tamara Mitchell issues a decision on whether Walter can be sold to Coal Acquisition. – AL.com

Moore tells state judges to halt same-sex marriage licenses

The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court ordered the state's probate judges on Wednesday not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last year legalizing gay marriage. Chief Justice Roy Moore said the U.S. Supreme Court decision is at odds with earlier opinions. – Reuters/Business Insider

Robotics Tech Park to open new building soon

The AIDT Alabama Robotics Technology Park in north Alabama is one of the most innovative training centers in the country. Workers from manufacturers all over Alabama train on the latest robots and automation tools. The park currently consists of two buildings, with a third scheduled to have its grand opening in the first quarter of 2016. – AreaDevelopment.com

Rainsville Technology breaks ground for expansion

Rainsville Technology Inc. officially broke ground in December for its DeKalb County plant expansion of over 65,000 square feet costing $3.5 million. Officials say this expansion will improve efficiency by relocating and consolidating process and part storage. RTI celebrated its 15th anniversary last year and has 485 workers. – WAAY

Steelworkers adjust to new realities in Birmingham

Laid off steelworker Siegfried Powell hefts cardboard boxes from a food pantry set up by his local United Steelworkers Union in Birmingham. "Come on, sweetheart. Grab you a bag of potatoes," Powell says as he takes a load of groceries to the car for a family trying to stretch unemployment benefits. – NPR

Missile countermeasure system back on track

The U.S. Army is resuming work to build a new infrared-guided missile countermeasure system for its aircraft fleet, following a settlement between BAE Systems and the service after the company protested the Army's decision to choose Northrop Grumman for the project. A post-award conference is planned with Northrop Grumman on Jan. 13 and 14 at Redstone Arsenal to address a variety of topics on how to proceed. – DefenseNews.com

Environmental law firm expands to Birmingham

The environmental law firm Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP announced today that Alabama attorneys Alan Truitt and Bart Turner have joined KMCL as partners and have opened the firm's new Birmingham office. – PRNewsWire

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