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Top News Links: Thursday, June 6

BP oil spill follow up

Attorney general's team urges North Alabama businesses to file damage claims, even as BP disputes validity of many non-coastal claims. — Euronews

Standing-room-only crowd turns out to review RESTORE Act plans in Mobile. — Mobile Press-Register

Airport contractors sued for child's death

Contractors who designed and installed an overhead sign at Birmingham airport that fell, killing a boy, now face a lawsuit from the boy's family. – Birmingham News

Unpaid leave for Corps of Engineers workers

Some 377 workers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Mobile have been notified that they'll be furloughed for 11 days due to inaction on the federal budget; some 22,000 Alabama civilians who work for the military face similar unpaid leave days. — Mobile Press-Register

Boeing wins $6.8 million contract modification

Boeing Co. workers in Huntsville will be part of a team working on an experimental aircraft project for the Missile Defense Agency, under a new contract modification valued at $6.8 million; work will also be performed at Boeing facilities in Missouri, California and New Mexico. — Huntsville Times

Mando America expands in Opelika

Auto supplier Mando America has announced plans to add $35 million in equipment at its Opelika plant and add 67 employees; the firm makes elements of auto brake, suspension and steering systems. — Opelika PR

Mobile architecture firm designs school with tornado shelter

Mobile's TAG/The Architects Group has designed a new elementary Taylor-White elementary school in Mobile, including a tornado shelter; their plan is to be a prototype for the school district. — TAG PR

Montgomery ad agencies merge to form Stamp

LWT Communications and ReidO'Donahue Advertising have merged to form a new agency, Stamp Idea Group, based in Montgomery. — Stamp PR

Stolen farm equipment leads to five arrests

Police say they have arrested five people in connection with thefts of farm machinery in Clarke, Jackson, Monroe and Dallas counties. — WPMI-TV

Boyce to focus on his own Huntsville restaurants

Chef James Boyce, who had expanded his business interests to manage three outside restaurants, said he is cutting that sideline and will focus on his well-known Cotton Row, Commerce Kitchen and Pane e Vino. — Huntsville Times

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