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Top News Links: Monday, July 23

Alabama economy among most at-risk from European woes

As fourth-largest car exporter, Alabama economy could be at risk, but new aircraft plant and auto expansions should offset risk. — NBC Economy Watch

Auto production jumps 19 percent this year

Alabama's automakers have increased production by 19 percent in the first half of 2012. — Birmingham News

Birmingham school board sued by AG

The Alabama attorney general and state schools superintendent filed suit Friday against the Birmingham School Board, in the continuing struggle for control of the school system as it faces funding issues. — Birmingham News

Southern Company powers up biofuel plant

Southern Company, parent of Alabama Power, has brought online the nation's largest biomass plant, located in Texas. — Market Watch

Coskata IPO shelved

Biofuel producer Coskata has dropped plans to go public; funds were designated for wood waste-to-ethanol plant in Greene County, Alabama. — Chicago Tribune

HudsonAlpha joins fight against ALS

Scientists at Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute have teamed with partners at Duke University to track genetic sequences of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.  — Huntsville Times

Knology acquisition approved

The acquisition of Knology and WOW (formerly Wide Open West) has been approved by shareholders; improvements in Auburn and Opelika to continue. — OA Now

Strike stops Colombian coal movement

Railroad workers have gone on strike in Colombia, stopping shipment of coal from mines owned by Drummond and other international companies. — Bloomberg

Dothan man wins senior chess title

Clarence Kalenian, 86, wins world senior chess title, four decades after winning U.S. amateur title. — Dothan Eagle

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