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Top News Links: Thursday, Jan. 19

R&D at Alabama Power plant basis for new Texas venture

When the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture project announced commercial operation last week in Texas, Southern Company‘s 25-megawatt carbon capture demonstration at Alabama Power’s Plant Barry was at the root of its success. The mammoth Petra Nova carbon capture plant – a $1 billion dollar joint venture between NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration – uses the same process that was first operated at pilot scale for three years at Plant Barry. – ANC

Merger official, it’s now Coastal Alabama Community College

After 13 months, the effort to consolidate Alabama Southern Community College, Faulkner State Community College and Jefferson Davis Community College has come to fruition. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission On Colleges voted Dec. 6 to approve the consolidation and the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees then signed off on the new Coastal Alabama Community College. On Jan. 11, it was put into effect. – Atmore News

Drummond marks robust year with Colombian coal

Colombia exported a record 88.10 million metric tons of thermal coal in 2016, rising 9 percent year on year, data from Colombian shipping agent Deep Blue showed. The largest taker of Colombian thermal coal during the year was the Netherlands at 17.26 million metric tons, although the volume edged 1% lower than in 2015. Alabama-based producer Drummond’s Puerto Drummond exported the highest volume in 2016 at 32.10 million metric tons, 16 percent higher on the year. – Hellenic Shipping News

Birmingham staffing company acquired by Ohio firm

Birmingham automotive staffing company FLERT has been acquired by BelFlex Staffing Network out of Ohio. FLERT stands for First Line Emergency Response Team and serves auto and containment customers throughout the Southeast. BelFlex primarily provides staff for the industrial sector in the Southeast and Midwest. – AL.com

Buick Building OK’d by feds for rehab tax credits

The Turner-Todd Motor Company project in Mobile has been approved by the National Park Service for the 20 percent federal rehabilitation tax credit program. Also known as the Buick Building, the structure is individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Turner-Todd Motor Company was completed in 1926 as an automotive dealership located within the “Automobile Alley” on St. Louis Street. – News release

School choice supporters to rally in Montgomery

Thousands of students, parents, teachers, and community leaders from around the state will travel to Montgomery for a large rally in support of National School Choice Week. On Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. in the Marriott Renaissance Ballroom, more than 4,000 attendees are expected to take part in a school choice celebration, featuring student performances and testimonials from the families and school leaders who have been most impacted by educational opportunity in Alabama. – Benzinga

Balch & Bingham attorney noted for environmental case

Stephen Gidiere, partner in Balch & Bingham’s Birmingham office and member of the Environmental & Natural Resources Practice, served as lead counsel in a case featured by Law360 as one of the biggest environmental law rulings of 2016. – News release

Renasant Corp. buying Metro BancGroup for $190M

Renasant Corp. is buying Metropolitan BancGroup for $190 million in stock. Tupelo-based Renasant, which has offices in Alabama, announced the acquisition Tuesday. Privately held Metropolitan has joint headquarters in Ridgeland, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee. Renasant says acquiring Metropolitan's $1.2 billion in assets will boost its market share. – WAFF

Don’t use your phone while driving 111 mph

An employee at Mike Ward Maserati in Highlands Ranch, Colo., died in a car crash last weekend after he uploaded a Facebook Live video accelerating from 0 to 111 mph in one of the store’s cars. Lauren Lekander, the lead public information officer at the Douglass County Sheriff’s Office, said the crash occurred on the night of Friday, Jan. 13, just outside Denver. Brandon Gianopoulos, 24, a salesman at Mike Ward Maserati, died in the crash. – Automotive News

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