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Top News Links: Tuesday, July 28

BP money flowing soon to local governments

A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company’s 2010 oil spill. An order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said all of the payments to local governments must be made within 30 days. – AP/NOCB

MPT buying Capella Holdings for $900M

Real estate investment trust Medical Properties Trust Inc said it would buy privately held Capella Holdings Inc, owner of hospital operator Capella Healthcare Inc., for $900 million in cash. Birmingham, Alabama-based Medical Properties said the deal value will comprise of a $600 million investment in Capella's real estate and an investment of about $300 million in Capella's operating entities. – Reuters

New lofts may help Decatur attract millennials

Colleen Dixon has tried to convince her friends they should live in Decatur, but it’s a tough argument to win. Dixon felt the apartment-searching pain early on. After college, she found a job in Decatur but had trouble finding a suitable apartment. – Decatur Daily

France’s REEL Group coming to Airbus

France-based REEL Group is establishing its first U.S. facility with 4,500-square-feet of office, warehouse, and workshop space at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. Monday's announcement is in direct response to REEL Service Division being awarded the jigs and tools maintenance service provider contract for the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility, also located at Brookley. – AL.com

AT&T purchase of DirecTV nears FCC approval

AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV is set to close after winning approval from the Federal Communications Commission. The Justice Department had already cleared the deal, which will create the largest provider of cable or satellite TV in the U.S., with 26.4 million cable and satellite TV subscribers. That's more than Comcast as well as a bigger Charter, which is seeking government approval to buy Time Warner Cable. – AP/AL.com

Alabama’s on top of this particular list

We didn’t used to be considered a leader in this particular category but things changed drastically in 2011 when the state saw $4.4 billion in losses from the prime mover of this particular list. – 24/7 Wall Street

Feds allege falsified reports at nuclear plant

Federal investigators have accused two former contract employees for Xcel Energy Inc. of willfully violating procedures and falsifying reports about safety-related tests of casks filled with high-level nuclear waste stored at the Monticello nuclear power plant. McCarten said the company responsible for the improper testing, TriVis Inc., of Birmingham, is no longer a contractor for the company. SCTimes

UnitedHealthcare awards $1.2M in bonuses

Approximately $1.2 million in bonus payments went from UnitedHealthcare to nearly 60 Alabama care providers named winners of the PATH Excellence in Patient Service Awards. The recipients achieved the highest adherence levels for key quality measures by successfully closing gaps in care when treating UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members. – BusinessWire/Digital Journal

Jackson Thornton promotes 10

Montgomery-based accounting and consulting firm Jackson Thornton recently announced several promotions. Will Jones, who joined the firm in 2007, has been promoted to senior manager. Jones specializes in tax with a focus on the Utilities industry and closely held businesses. – Montgomery Advertiser

AEgis co-founder Bill Waite dies at 68

AEgis Technologies of Huntsville will say goodbye this week to its co-founder, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer William "Bill" Waite. Waite, whose primary work focused on modeling and simulation, died Saturday at the age of 68. A visitation will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church on 120 Greene St. in Huntsville, with a service following at 3. – AL.com

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