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Top News Links: Monday, June 11

Shakes scores at Bonnaroo

Up-and-coming rock blues group Alabama Shakes kicked off the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee with a following top bands would envy. — Rolling Stone

Talladega National Forest

An auction of oil and gas leases in Talladega National Forest, slated for Thursday, has been delayed by the U.S. Forest Service so they can hear from local officials and environmental groups. —  Chicago Tribune

Big contract for General Dynamics

General Dynamics has been awarded a $385 million contract to develop new instrumentation radar systems for the U.S. military; some of the work to be performed at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. — istockanalyst.com 

More power for Alabama

JP Morgan has agreed to underwrite a $220 million wind turbine project in Oklahoma, which will sell its output to Alabama Power.— Recharge

Alabama Power plant blamed for premature deaths

A study by the Environmental Integrity Project says the Greene County plant has led to 49 to 100 premature deaths a year; Alabama Power has installed air-cleaning "scrubbers" at coal-fired plants near Birmingham and Mobile. — Birmingham News

Upscale mall welcomes new shops

Four new clothing stores are en route to The Summit in Birmingham, developers say. — Birmingham News

Billy Reid shirt to benefit Alabama conservation efforts, market seafood

Designer Billy Reid introduces line of shirts and hats that market Alabama seafood, with some proceeds benefitting Alabama Conservation foundation. – PR Newswire

Catfish farms struggle to maintain market share

Alabama's catfish farmers face volatile market and increasing competition from imports. — Tuscaloosa News

Sales tax revenue up in Tuscaloosa

University city's sales tax revenues climb for second consecutive year. — Tuscaloosa News

Wow good for customers, Knology official says

An official with cable TV and internet provider Knology says sale of the company to Denver-based Wow should be a benefit to customers. — Athens News Courier

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