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Top News Links: Tuesday, July 30

Business lessons from sports

The SEC conference demonstrates how college sports can provide a successful business model. — Forbes

NYC land big draw in Saks purchase

Heir to shopping center development, Hudson's Bay Inc. gets prime real estate along with upscale brand name in purchasing Saks. — Wall Street Journal

Coastal insurance rates headed up?

Changes to federal flood insurance likely as feds seek to ties rates to risks; Baldwin and Mobile Counties rates could take hurricane-sized hit. — Mobile Press-Register

Publix, others headed to Gardendale

City and business officials will break ground this evening for a new shopping center on site of old Century Shoppes; Preferred Growth Properties center to include Publix, T.J. Maxx, Hobby Lobby and more; PGP is a Books-A-Million Inc. subsidiary. — City of Gardendale PR

Coal prices up as Drummond miners strike in Colombia

After miners at Birmingham-based Drummond's Colombian coal mine went on strike earlier this week, the price of coal has rallied. — Coal Guru

Mobile hospital docs join California company

California-based IPC The Hospitalist Company Inc. has added a fourth Alabama hospital-based physician group to its company, this time entering into an agreement with Baldwin Physician Services, based in Mobile. — IPC PR

EDPA upgrades site finder program

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama is upgrading its website so that businesses seeking new locations can get more information more quickly; the site's new interactive program is designed by Huntsville-based AEgis Technologies. — Birmingham News

Home, sweet affordable home

Auburn University's Rural Studio continues its tradition of designing $20,000 homes. – Christian Science Monitor

Special dividend at HealthSouth

Birmingham-based rehab hospital company HealthSouth Friday announced a special dividend of $0.18 per share, payable Oct. 15. — Zolmax

Tough times at Outokumpu

Stock prices are off for Finnish steelmaker Outokumpu with low demand and mediocre performance from its Americas plants, including the former ThyssenKrupp stainless plant near Mobile. — Bloomberg

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