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Top News Links: Friday, July 25

Be strong, football just days away

ESPN, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have reached an agreement for carriage of the SEC Network when the channel launches Aug. 14. The network will be available in all Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks markets ahead of the first SEC 2014-15 college football season game, Texas A&M vs. South Carolina, on Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. CDT. – News release

Birmingham, Uber spar on social media

Birmingham City Council members are joining the world of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, turning to social media in their heated dispute with ride-sharing app company Uber. City officials expressed themselves in a YouTube video, with the comment section turned off. – AL.com

‘We don’t want to limit God’

A project to build a 230-foot-tall white cross is closer to being built in Summerdale after officials approved the rezoning of donated land off County Road 73, the developer said. Businessman Jon Butler of Gulf Shores said the $750,000 Giant Cross Project could be completed within two years, depending on donations. "It could happen sooner," he said Thursday. "We don't want to limit God." – AL.com

ADEM sets hearing on coal project

A controversial proposal to mine coal at Shepherd Bend on the Black Warrior River in Walker County will get a public hearing Aug. 28 with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. The hearing will take place at the Bevill State Community College Sumiton Campus at 6 p.m.  – AL.com

Siegelman appeal reset for Oct. 13

A federal appeals court won't be hearing former Gov. Don Siegelman's case next week. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tentatively scheduled a hearing the week of July 28 but it’s now reset for the week of Oct. 13. A jury in 2006 convicted Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy for bribery. – WAAY-TV

Largest homebuilder takes a dive

D.R. Horton Inc. took a five-year dip after saying it's increasing incentives to boost orders, reducing profitability as the broader new-home market stumbles. Net income for the three months through June 30 fell to $113.1 million, or 32 cents a share, from $146 million, or 42 cents, a year earlier. – Bloomberg

Lumberyard a cool place to hang out

A.M. Booth's Lumberyard, which began in 1895 and remained until the 1950s when it became Bill Clemmons Auto Parts, represents a by-gone era with historic sheds, a train car and tons of cool, old knick knacks recycled from the past or donated by friends and customers. It’s now open two nights a week in Huntsville. – AL.com

Register now for TakeDownCon

At this summer’s Rocket City TakeDownCon, Kellman Meghu in his keynote presentation will examine real-world advanced persistent threats to critical infrastructure using entertaining allusions to a popular sci-fi storyline. The conference is scheduled for Aug. 18-19 at the Dynetics Solutions Complex, 1004 Explorer Blvd., Huntsville. – News release

Regions now a Fannie Mae DUS lender

Regions Bank has been approved as a Fannie Mae Delegated Underwriting and Servicing lender and acquired a DUS servicing portfolio totaling approximately $1 billion. The Fannie Mae DUS approval will allow the bank to provide long-term, flexible financing for multifamily housing clients nationwide. – News release

Bay Wood launches recycle product

Bay Wood Products Inc., a full service manufacturer of wooden pallets, rough-cut lumber, dunnage and custom crates, is launching a new division for the biofuel and landscaping markets, recycling scrap wood by shredding it into small chips that can be used as fuel for power generating boilers or to decorate gardens. – News release

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