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Top News Links: Wednesday, June 27

ThyssenKrupp weighs sales options

ThyssenKrupp has hired Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to advise it on options for sales or partnerships for its new carbon steel plant near Mobile. — Reuters

Alabama immigration law update

Governor signs immigration revisions making controversial law more business friendly. — Walters Kluwer CCH

State budget fallout

With insufficient funding for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, director warns, industry could now be answerable to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. — Mobile Press-Register

State takes school helm in Birmingham

The State Department of Education has taken over leadership of Birmingham schools, after local leaders were unable to reach decisions. — Birmingham News

Fort Payne schools settle discrimination suit

The Fort Payne school district has reached an agreement to recruit a more diverse workforce, ending a nearly 50-year-old civil rights claim. — Chicago Tribune

Peanut producers protest

Peanut growers across the South have issued a critique of new federal farm legislation that increases dependence on crop insurance. — Southeast Farm Press

Decatur listed as hot spot for skilled robotics workers

Magazine cites growing nationwide demand for workers skilled in robotics, lists Decatur among best spots in the nation to find workers. — Virtual Strategy

More work for the senator

Baldwin County town contracts again with local state senator for disaster debris removal, though previous contract is still clouded with questions. — Fairhope Courier

New mental health leader

Jim Reddoch has been appointed to head the state's mental health department, as the state moves toward private community-based services. — Southeast Sun

Construction jobs lag in Montgomery

Associated General Contractors lists Montgomery as one of the 10 metro areas with the largest drop in construction jobs, down 18 percent or 1,200 jobs from last year. — Associated General Contractors

Line-X acquires major role at GFX

Huntsville automotive coating maker Line-X has teamed with Graham Partners to purchase a controlling interest in Detroit auto accessory maker GFX.  — Bloomberg

Brasfield & Gorrie completes hospital project

Birmingham's Brasfield & Gorrie has completed work on the $10 million North Troop Medical Clinic at Fort Stewart, Georgia, a project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Cinram sale lauded

Officials of Huntsville's Cinram, maker of multimedia materials, say their decision to sell to Arizona-based Najafi is good move for company, employees. — Huntsville Times

Successful test for missile shield

Raytheon's interceptor missile successfully intercepted and downed a missile in space off Hawaii in a test of nation's shield defense system. — Reuters

Rainbow City apartment complexes sold

Sutton Bridge and Spring Lake Lodge apartment complexes have been sold to Birmingham investment partnerships in a deal brokered by Marcus and Millichap. — Birmingham Business Journal

UAB wins $7 million research grant

Grant will fund continued  research into neurofibromatosis at University of Alabama at Birmingham, which leads an international study group on the rare genetic disorder. — Birmingham News

California city plans bankruptcy

Stockton, California, bankuptcy filing would be largest of U.S. cities, but still doesn't match Jefferson County. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Blam! Plop!

Paintball tournament set in Wetumpka. — Wetumpka Herald

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