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Top News Links: Friday, July 12

More coffee?

Birmingham's Royal Cup Coffee has announced plans for a $30 million expansion into facilities adjacent to the present location; expansion is expected to create 40 additional jobs. — Birmingham News

Johnson leaving COO post at Protective Life

Carolyn Johnson, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Birmingham's Protective Life Corp., has resigned, the company announced today. — Protective Life PR

New MBA degree at West Alabama

The University of West Alabama will begin offering a master's degree in business administration this fall. — Demopolis Times

Madison shopping center acquired by Illinois company

The Shoppes of Madison, including space occupied by tenants Ross Dress for Less, Petco and Dollar Tree, have been acquired by Illinois-based Inland Real Estate Acquisitions Inc., for $24.8 million; other shops in the center were not included in the transaction. — Market Watch

Alabama firms win DOD contracts

The Army has added $10 million to a Northrop Grumman contract for components to support U.S. and partners in Afghanistan, with work to be performed in Huntsville, and a trio of Alabama firms will share in a $95 million construction and equipment installation award. — Huntsville Times

Tax equity deal for wind farm

Investors in a wind Kansas wind farm whose electricity is destined for Alabama Power have reached a tax equity agreement that should allow the project to proceed. — RenewablesBiz

Mobile company sues Pilot Flying J over fuel rebates

Wright Transportation, based in Mobile, has sued Pilot Flying J with the threat of a class action, saying the company schemed to withhold diesel fuel price rebates. — Mobile Press-Register

Cybersecurity conference to include cell phone protection

Protecting cell phones from hackers will be among the topics at the Rocket City TakeDownCon in Huntsville next week; the conference draws cybersecurity experts from across the country. — Huntsville Times

Young companies compete for start-up funds

Leaders of nine start-up companies will pitch their plans before a team of experts today in hopes of advancing to the next round of competition for $100,000 in Alabama Launchpad funds. — Birmingham News

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