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Top News Links: Friday, July 27

Major missile contract for Raytheon in Huntsville

Raytheon has been awarded a $925 million contract to build SM-3 IIA missiles at its Missile Integration Facility at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville. — Huntsville Times

Earnings up, A350 delayed at EADS

EADS, parent of Alabama headline-making Airbus, announced second quarter earnings quadrupled from last year, but also a delay in production of its A350, meant as a competitor to Boeing's new Dreamliner. — MSNBC

CanAm picks up more of Birmingham Coal & Coke

Alberta-based CanAm Coal Corp. has exercised an option to acquire another 30 percent of the assets of Birmingham Coal & Coke, with a goal of producing 500,000 tons of coal this year and 750,000 next. — Market Watch

Redistricting plan out for federal court approval

Attorney General Luther Strange filed a lawsuit asking federal court to approve  the state's recently passed redistricting plan, hoping to avoid Department of Justice review process.  — Huffington Post

UAB spinoff company spins off to Maryland

Vaxin, a company rooted in University of Alabama at Birmingham research, is moving its vaccine development company to Maryland. — Birmingham Business Journal

Vulcan stock drops on dismal earnings news

Birmingham-based Vulcan Materials announced a second quarter loss of $18 million, blaming weak volume and high restructuring costs, but said recent passage of a new federal highway bill could mark a turning point. — CBS News

99 bottles of beer on the wall

Gourmet Beer Bill approved during legislative session opens way for dozens of new brews on Alabama shelves. — Birmingham News

Birmingham yogurt shop expanding through franchises

Birmingham based Orange Leaf has opened 42 franchise locations in three years, most recently in southwest Florida. — News Press

Murray to lead National Bank of Commerce

Bank holding company president Richard Murray also named president and CEO of Birmingham-based bank. — Birmingham News

Banker groups talk merger

Representatives of Alabama's two major banking trade associations  are talking merger in the face of new government regulation. — Birmingham Business Journal

Two more lawsuits against Duke Energy

Alabama shareholder filed suit last week over corporate leadership switch during merger; two more suits filed this week, both seeking class action status. — Charlotte Observer

No outsourcing for Austal

Austal leader describes plans for Australia to Philippines move but says company won't outsource jobs for fear of losing control of trade secret techniques. — Malaya Business Insight

Bachelor's degree classes offered in Monroeville

Beginning this fall, the University of South Alabama will offer upper division classes leading toward a bachelor's degree at Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville. — Alabama Southern Community College PR

Pangle succeeds Paulk at Alabama Farmers Cooperative

Roger Pangle takes the helm at farmers organization August 1 as long-time leader Tommy Paulk retires. — ALFA Farmers Federation

Young Auburn alums honored

Auburn University has honored 16 under-40 alumni for their achievements in fields from acting to veterinary medicine. — Opelika-Auburn News

Cadence to help sponsor AHSAA

Cadence Bank is the newest corporate sponsor of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. — al.com

Tenn-Tom attracts new biofuel plant

Birmingham-based SPW and Associates has announced plans for a biofuel plant in Aberdeen, Mississippi — DJournal.com

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