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Top News Links: Wednesday, July 24

Southern Research wins $1.8 million contract to develop post-fracking water treatment

Birmingham-based Southern Research Institute has been awarded a $1.8 million contract from Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America to develop ways of treating water affected by hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas, commonly called "fracking," so that water meets EPA standards. — Southern Research PR

Hoover reconsiders; now looks to cut expenses without eliminating transportation

After public outcry for its plan to eliminate most school busing, the Hoover school board and staff are looking for alternate cost-cutting measures. — Birmingham News

Country Crossings owner seeks to cut sentence

Ronnie Gilley, developer of Country Crossings, has asked the federal court to cut his 80-month sentence for bribery and money laundering. — Dothan Eagle

Drummond's Colombia miners on strike; could affect world coal prices

Miners at Drummond's Colombian operations went on strike yesterday, demanding higher wages, while the company contends it is making "an excellent proposal;" analysts see potential for rise in coal prices worldwide. — Reuters

Upward mobility options depend on where you're from

New study shows that kids from low income families in the South have much less chance of earning their fortune than those from similar homes in other parts of the country. — al.com

Supreme Court term good to employers

Business owners come out on top in several high court rulings. — Auburn-Opelika News

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