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Top News Links: Wednesday, June 26

BP starts campaign to win back settlement payouts

Lawyers for BP have sent letters to attorneys representing oil spill payout recipients, saying it plans to ask to be reimbursed if it wins its appeal of a court ruling; plaintiff attorneys rebut that the company is trying to scare Gulf businesses from getting compensation for legitimate claims, the Associated Press reports. — WVTM-TV

Growth strategy for the Shoals

Economic developers in the Shoals are developing a new industrial recruitment strategy that focuses on helping existing businesses expand. — WHNT-TV

Baron Services to add radar in Azores

Huntsville's Baron Services has been selected to install a radar system in the Azores to gather weather data for the U.S. Department of Energy. — al.com

Honeywell selected for Airbus powerhouse

Airbus has selected Honeywell for a $37 million project to design, build, operate and maintain the powerhouse facilities at its first U.S. assembly line, now under construction in Mobile. — Airbus PR

Paris Air Show price tag tops $88,000

The cost for sending Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and his wife, Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, two security guards and two Commerce staffers to the Paris Air Show will settle out between $88,000 and $97,000, including the cost of state recruiting materials, state officials say, adding that they met with more than 20 companies as part of their recruiting efforts. — Birmingham News

Verizon 4G network nearly complete

Celebrating its $340 million investment over the past three years to bring its 4G network to most of the state, Verizon Wireless yesterday announced four grants totaling $100,000 for tornado recovery, domestic violence prevention programs and more. — Verizon PR

Home BancShares to acquire Liberty Bancshares

Home BancShares, with operations in Arkansas, Florida and Alabama,  announced today that it is acquiring Liberty Bancshares for $250 million in stock and $30 million in cash. — Wall Street Journal

Vittoria opens in Birmingham

Trendy setting, unusual menu win rave review for new restaurant Vittoria from Birmingham News. — Birmingham News

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