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Top News Links: Friday, July 20

Unemployment up for the month, down for the year

Alabama unemployment numbers were up slightly in June, at 7.8 percent compared to May's 7.4 percent, but down significantly from last June's 9.3 percent, but only eight counties have unemployment under 8 percent. — Birmingham News

Work begins at Walter Energy's new mine

Initial site preparations started this week on Walter Energy's new coal mine in Tuscaloosa County; production expected to begin in 2018. — Birmingham News

Eat up, Alabama

More than 200 restaurants have signed up to participate in Alabama Restaurant Week, August 17-26, offering discounted prices and special dishes in Tourism Department project. — Alabama Tourism Department

Bond refinance saves $1.5 million at Calhoun

Calhoun Community College was able to refinance bonds for two major building programs, the school announced, saving some $1.5 million in finance costs. — Decatur Daily

Russian trade options for Alabama

Business Roundtable predicts that Alabama's $84 million annual exports to Russia will grow if new trade regulations pass in Congress, drop if they fail. — Business Roundtable

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