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Top News Links: Thursday, June 21

BP wins new Gulf oil leases

Just two years after its massive Gulf oil spill, BP has won 43 new leases to drill Gulf of Mexico oil. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Manufacturer of Year awards

Austal USA in Mobile, Daikin America in Decatur and Cascades Sunoco of Birmingham take Manufacturer of the Year awards. — Mobile Press-Register

Colonial collapse-related fraud conviction upheld

Fraud conviction for Lee Farkas, chairman of Florida mortgage company Taylor, Bean & Whitaker — whose fraud sucked in and sank Alabama's Colonial Bancgroup — upheld by Virginia appeals court. — Reuters

Sewer rates up for review

Jefferson County, still seeking to balance its books after bankruptcy, is set to review sewer rates.— Bond Buyer

Mobile's DRC Group at center of New Orleans controversy

Grand jury subpoenas issued over temporary jail construction in Orleans parish. — wwltv

Backgrounder on disaster recovery company and its leadership team. — New Orleans Times Picayune

Downtown development update

Birmingham's new entertainment district may have first tenants soon, developer says. — Birmingham News

Bentley stumping for funding referendum

Gov. Robert Bentley is on the campaign trail, drumming up support for his plan to shift money from the state trust fund to cover general fund needs. — Talladega-St. Clair Daily Home

Foreclosure funds tapped for general fund

Alabama among states tapping the massive foreclosure penalty fund, designed to help victims of mishandled mortgage actions, to plug underfunded state budgets. — Nonprofit Quarterly

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