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Top News Links: Monday, July 22

Going to battle for her masterpiece

Vanity Fair explores the lawsuit by Monroeville Pulitzer-prize winner Harper Lee against the agent she accuses of slickering her out of the rights to her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. — Vanity Fair

Colombian labor minister works to avoid Drummond miner strike

After two months of fruitless talks between Drummond and its Colombian unions, the country's labor minister has pledged to intervene. – Reuters

Synovus plans stock issue to raise TARP repayment funds

Synovus Financial Corp., with the largest outstanding Troubled Asset Relief Program balance in the country at  $967 million, plans to issue common and preferred stock and combine the revenues with funds on hand to repay the government aid; based in Georgia, Synovus has operations in Alabama. — al.com

Radiance Technologies opens new center for NASA work

Huntsville's Radiance Technologies introduced its new Rapid Production Facility last week where it will perform work under a pair of new NASA contracts for support of Marshall Space Flight Center. — Huntsville Times

UA tuition tops $9,000

Tuition at the University of Alabama has more than doubled in a decade, reaching $9,400 this fall, but remains in the mid range for similar institutions, the AP reports; Auburn tuition over $9,800. — Florence Times Daily

Expansion at Macon County's Halla Visteon

Auto suppier Halla Visteon, which makes climate control systems for Hyundai and Kia, cut the ribbon on a $10 million expansion, adding 50 jobs, at the Macon County plant; expansion is an employment boon for Macon County. — Yahoo Finance/Montgomery Advertiser

Scrushy seeks "redemption," Reuters reports

Richard Scrushy, still owing $2 billion to HealthSouth, looks for court permission to return to the world of healthcare business, but his former company and securities officials hope to maintain ban against such activity. — Reuters

Business leaders more confident about Alabama economy

For the first time in nearly a year, Alabama business leaders are confident about the economy, especially in Mobile, according to a new survey by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama. — UA CBER

Airbus sets sales sights higher

European aircraft company Airbus, with its first U.S. assembly line under construction in Alabama, has upped its 2013 sales target from 800 to 1,000 aircraft making it neck-and-neck with U.S. rival Boeing Co. — Reuters

Yogurt trendsetter sells final scoop

Yogurt Mountain founder David Kahn, who's first store in Mountain Brook kicked off a nationwide craze for self-serve frozen yogurt, has sold off his final 20 percent of the company and set his sights on new food ventures. — Birmingham News

Local groceries fight for share against incoming chains

Walmart and other budget grocery providers undercut once-dominant local names like Bruno's and Delchamps. — Birmingham News

Anthony Joseph to lead Alabama Bar

Maynard Cooper & Gale white-collar criminal defense specialist Anthony Joseph was installed last week as head of the Alabama State Bar. — Birmingham News

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