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Top News Links: Thursday, July 10

State scores well for rebuilding

CoreLogic today released its 2014 storm surge analysis featuring estimates on both the number and reconstruction value of single-family homes exposed to hurricane-driven storm surge risk within the United States. Alabama scored fifth in the nation for lowest value of reconstruction costs for homes at risk. – MarketWatch

Strike could affect Drummond

Mechanics at Colombia's main coal mining companies, including Cerrejon and Drummond, went on strike over pay and conditions on Wednesday, a stoppage that will affect output if it continues long enough, a union leader says. – Reuters

Birmingham actors seek crowdfunding

People across the county rallied around a man's Kickstarter quest to make potato salad. But if you prefer a cause a little more local and philanthropic, there are options right in Birmingham, including two friends who turned to Kickstarter to raise money for a new local theater company. – AL.com

Outfitter to open in fall

Gander Mountain will open its eighth outdoor specialty store in Alabama this fall with a new location in Montgomery. The store will be located in an existing 44,000-square-foot space in the Promenade Montgomery North shopping center, just south of I-85 on Eastern Blvd. – News release

Banks saying yes to loan requests

Big banks are approving one-in-five small business loan applications, a post-recession high, according to an analysis of 1,000 loan applications on Biz2Credit.com for June. Small banks, though down by two-tenths of a percent, are granting more than half of requests they receive from entrepreneurs. – Biz2Credit

Navy continues to fret about LCS

The Navy’s $23 billion Littoral Combat Ship is less able to survive an attack than other U.S. warships, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester.  His stance adds to previous questions about the future of the vessel being built in two versions by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Austal Ltd. – Businessweek

Christian & Small partner on panel

Kenneth O. Simon, a partner in the Birmingham-based law firm Christian & Small LLP, has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Alabama to the Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions Committee-Civil. – News release

Wyle wins piece of $3B contract

Wyle, which has operations in Huntsville, has been awarded a five-year contract by the Department of Defense Information Analysis Centers to provide research, development, test and evaluation services. Wyle is one of 12 contractors selected to compete for individual task orders related to the $3 billion contract. – News release

Avion Solutions wins $48M contract

Huntsville’s Avion Solutions Inc. has been awarded a new five-year Task Order valued at nearly $48 million through the Torch Technologies AMCOM EXPRESS BPA to provide engineering, technical, and advisory support at the Aviation Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center. – News release

Trucker’s drive brings him success

When driver Michael Umphrey pulls his personal vehicle into Con-way Freight’s Decatur terminal each evening to begin his run, he doesn’t have to scramble for a parking spot. The company reserved his space some time ago, after he clicked off a big number. The sign at the spot where he parks reads: “Mike Umphrey, Two Million Mile Parking.” – Decatur Daily

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