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Top News Links: Friday, June 13

BP ends active cleanup in Louisiana

BP says that the U.S. Coast Guard has ended patrols and operations on the final three shoreline miles in Louisiana, bringing to a close the extensive four-year active cleanup of the Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon accident. Operations ended in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi in June 2013. – Offshore Magazine

New 3D printer heading to space

A 3D printer has passed its final set of NASA checks, clearing the way for the device to launch toward the International Space Station in August. The printer, developed by California-based startup Made in Space, was tested at Huntsville’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The technology could help make space exploration more efficient by reducing the need to launch all mission components and parts from Earth. – Yahoo

New condos end building drought

Before the end of the year, construction could begin on two new condominium towers on Baldwin County's beaches: a 23-story, 97-unit building in Orange Beach and a 22-story, 80-unit project on Gulf Shores' west beach. It’s the first new developments planned since the market crashed in the Great Recession. – AL.com

Movie hopefuls wait in the rain

Regan Stewart and Mae Frances Brown were among hundreds of people Thursday outside Selma's Performing Arts Center, waiting in the heat and the rain to apply for a non-speaking role likely to tax their endurance in the movie “Selma.” – Montgomery Advertiser

ASU attorney cries foul over audit firm

An attorney working for Alabama State University has taken another shot at the forensic auditing firm investigating the school, alleging that Forensic Strategic Solutions President Ralph Summerford has violated his industry's code of ethics. – Montgomery Advertiser

Huntsville explores ultra-fast Internet

Huntsville Utilities' interest in possibly creating a high-speed, fiber-optic Internet network got more serious Thursday night, when the City Council gave the utility permission to hire a Las Vegas-based consultant, The Broadband Group, to study the feasibility of getting into the ultra-fast Internet business. – AL.com

Ram Tool acquires Texas company

Birmingham-based Ram Tool and Supply announced today its acquisition of Otto Dukes Construction Supply located in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ram Tool is a construction supply company that operates from San Antonio, Texas to Washington, D.C. – News release

B&G starts new phase in Ohio

Brasfield & Gorrie recently broke ground on the second phase of The Banks development in Cincinnati. Located on the banks of the Ohio River between Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium, The Banks is a master-planned, mixed-use development. The second phase will include 291 apartments. – News release

Halla Climate Control expanding

Birmingham-based Doster Construction Company started construction in May on the expansion of the Halla Climate Control manufacturing facility in Shorter, Alabama. Halla Visteon produces climate control systems worldwide for the automotive industry. – News release

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