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Top News Links: Monday, July 8

BP tries to lower spill claims total

BP is expected today to ask a federal appeals court to limit liability for the massive 2010 oil spill to companies directly harmed by the spill. — Mobile Press-Register

ST Aerospace, UTC Aerospace team to support Boeing 787

UTC Aerospace has announced plans to team with ST Aerospace to support Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner worldwide, with ST Aerospace — which has operations in Mobile – performing maintenance, repair and overhaul services on the nacelle systems. — Wall Street Journal

Moulton hopes to lure business back downtown

The City of Moulton, in northwest Alabama, has invested some $1.6 million to reinvigorate the downtown — improving streets, traffic flow, sidewalks and the town square. — Florence Times Daily

Carnival docks second ship this year in Mobile

For the second time this year, cruise line Carnival brought a ship to the Mobile Cruise terminal, built when the company called regularly at the port city, but abandoned by the company; this time Carnival needed the facility because access to its New Orleans terminal was blocked by a Mississippi River boating accident. — WPMI TV

Merrill top fundraiser for secretary of state post

Tuscaloosa lawmaker John Merrill leads the fundraising race among three candidates for the Republican nomination to replace Secretary of State Beth Chapman, who cannot run again. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Lake Martin water levels under review for renewed dam license

Comment period open till August 13 on environmental impact statement that recommends against Alabama Power's application to increase winter water levels at Lake Martin. — Alexander City Outlook

SAIC takes second multi-million-dollar hit on government contracts

Just after an $11 million settlement on claims that it overcharged the federal government for first responder training, SAIC has agreed to a $5.75 million settlement on claims it gave false information to win an Air Force contract; SAIC has several offices in Alabama. — Huntsville Times

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