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Top News Links: Wednesday, July 6

Juno spacecraft doing Jupiter victory laps

After an almost five-year journey to the solar system's largest planet, NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter's orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received at 10:53 p.m. CDT Monday. The Juno spacecraft launched on Aug. 5, 2011 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Juno is managed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, for the agency's Science Mission Directorate. – PRNewsWire

Birmingham seeks World Heritage status for landmarks

Birmingham hopes to have some of its historic civil rights landmarks be part of a group nomination to obtain World Heritage status. It’s part of the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, also known as UNESCO. The status could have a huge economic impact for the city, officials say. – WIAT

Lawyers among winners in Collier termination lawsuit

The state will pay outside legal counsel up to $200,000 to represent Gov. Robert Bentley and his law enforcement chief in a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by the governor's fired secretary of law enforcement. The governor's office has proposed to pay a private law firm up to $100,000 to represent Bentley. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will pay up to $100,000 to represent Law Enforcement Secretary Stan Stabler. – Montgomery Advertise

Austal earnings will be slapped by LCS costs

Australian defense contractor Austal expects its earnings to be dented heavily by a jump in the cost of building combat ships for the U.S. Navy. The shipbuilder has struggled with schedule and margin pressure on the Littoral Combat Ship program since late last year following the delivery of two vessels. Modifications to the ships to meet military standards have also been greater than the company initially estimated. – TheAustralian.com

Huntsville real estate agent sues over internet adultery accusations

A Huntsville real estate agent with a 17-year career is going to court to find out who is responsible for several online anonymous posts which she says have harmed her business since last September. Monika Glennon's lawsuit, filed in federal district court in May, says that someone last year accused her on an internet page, shesahomewrecker.com, of having a sexual encounter with a client's husband in a home on the market. – AL.com

Honda Accord turning 40, still going strong

The Honda Accord has been around since June of 1976, when a gallon of gas cost 59 cents and threats of another oil crisis hovered on everyone’s lips. The then-three-door hatchback jump-started one of the greatest automotive success stories in history. – Cheatsheet.com

McCarron named Compass CEO for South Alabama

BBVA Compass announced Tuesday that veteran banker Claire McCarron has been named its CEO for the South Alabama region, where she will represent the bank’s interest in the growing market and lead its efforts to increase brand awareness. McCarron most recently served as Commercial Banking Market executive in Mobile for BBVA Compass. – News release

Qualis Corp. names Kingston new COO

A Huntsville tech company is promoting a vice president to the role of chief operating officer. Carlos Kingston, who previously served as the company's vice president of its Missiles and Space business, was promoted to the new position which oversees Qualis Corporation's various contracts with the Department of Defense and NASA. – WAAY

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