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Top News Links: Tuesday, July 9

BP asks court to intervene in payment agreement

Saying it is being forced to pay oil spill claims to companies that weren't harmed by the 2010 spill, British oil giant BP yesterday asked the federal court to intervene in the process, asking the court to "stop the hemorrhaging of cash." — Mobile Press-Register

Secretary of State office changes hands

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman, who was prevented by state law from seeking another term, has resigned early to take a job as government relations manager with the Alabama Farmers Federation. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Gov. Robert Bentley today appointed former Secretary of State Jim Bennett to replace Chapman until an election can be held next year. — Montgomery Advertiser

Mexican car plants could threaten U.S. industry

With increasingly skilled work performed at Mexican auto plants, more manufacturers are opting for low-wage plants there. — Washington Post

Pelham eyes school tax

City officials in Pelham will vote next week on a 1 percent sales tax to raise about $5 million, helping to enable a city school system. — Birmingham News

HD Supply opens distribution center in Calera

HD Supply, a California-based supplier of maintenance and repair products for business and government entities, has opened a 50-employee distribution center at Shelby Commerce Park in Calera. — Birmingham News

Aquate wins $15 million more on Navy contract

The U.S. Navy has added another $15 million to its existing engineering contract with Huntsville-based Aquate; work will be performed at Aquate offices in other states. — al.com

Birmingham cloud communications company moves into St. Louis market

Momentum, a Birmingham-based provider of cloud communication services, has acquired Twist Networks, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Communications Technologies Inc., bringing Momentum into the St. Louis market. — Momentum PR

Contracts talks to resume in Drummond Colombian operations

Company officials and workers at Drummond's Colombian coal operations have agreed to resume contract talks later this week, narrowly averting a choice between a strike and arbitration. — Reuters

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