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Top News Links: Wednesday, July 10

Drummond files to cut mining jobs

Birmingham-based Drummond Co. has filed notice with the state that it plans to cut up to 425 coal mining jobs at its Shoal Creek coal mine in Jefferson, Walker and Tuscaloosa counties. — Birmingham News

State school board paves way for new school transfer law

With no clear idea how much a new school transfer law will cost public schools, state school board members revamped their regulations to account for the new law yesterday, but one board member opted out of the vote with hints of a lawsuit in the offing. — Birmingham News

Contractors replacing furloughed workers?

The head of the American Federation of Government Employees has asked Department of Defense officials to investigate whether Anniston Army Depot has brought in contract workers to replace employees   who have been furloughed as a cost-cutting move; such worker replacement is forbidden under the furlough rules. — Huntsville Times

Cruise blues in the Port City

Industry expert says Mobile unlikely to become a cruise home port any time soon, despite helping Carnival in its hours of need. — Mobile Press-Register

Department of Justice joins action against Mobile Infirmary units

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined a lawsuit against Mobile Infirmary units, an action that started with a whistleblower case, saying that the hospital and several of its affiliated units failed to follow Medicare rules. — WPMI-TV; US DOJ PR

Grant to aid diamond research

A $600,000 National Science Foundation grant to the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Birmingham Business Alliance will foster business-academic partnerships to study growing diamonds for oil and gas drilling, space exploration and other medical and industrial uses. — BBA/UAB PR

Alabama company sued for raiding NC company staff

After its North Carolina distributor was sold to an Indian firm, Quincy Compressor, based in Baldwin County, began hiring employees from the distribution firm, according to a lawsuit accusing Quincy of hiring employees in violation of non-compete rules. — Triangle Business Journal

Raytheon faces $49 million contract cut

The Missile Defense Agency cut four missiles from its SM-3 missile contract with Raytheon, trimming the value of the contract $49, but adding some $24 million for research to solve technical problems with the missiles. — Huntsville Times

Huntsville company wins stem cell research contract

CFD Research Corp. of Huntsville has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Department of Defense to study stem cell sorting processes. — CRF PR

Payday loan moratorium in Trussville

Trussville city officials Tuesday passed another 180-day moratorium on new payday loan businesses in the city, continuing efforts to control the business permanently. — al.com 

Mining commission to hear debate over Mulberry Fork mining

Supporters and opponents of mining proposed along Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River, near the drinking water supply for Birmingham, will air views today in a hearing before the Alabama Surface Mining Commission. — Coal Guru

Divers discover ancient forest preserved beneath Gulf

Deep under the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, divers have uncovered an ancient forest, now under study by area scientists. — CBS News

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