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Top News Links: Friday, June 20

Supremes side with whistleblower

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that public employees can't be fired for testifying about corruption they witness in government, reversing a lower court that held otherwise. The case came from Alexander City where a community college employee was fired after testifying at a 2006 federal corruption trial that a state legislator had a no-show job at the institution. – WSJ

Forbes notes Birmingham’s revival

Birmingham is among the Top 10 cities leading a new industrial revival in the U.S., according to a Forbes ranking. The popular business magazine and website ranks the Birmingham-Hoover metro area sixth among large cities experiencing a manufacturing boom. – AL.com

Judge’s family trouble clouds case

A major Alabama ethics prosecution is in limbo while a judge considers whether he should step away from the case because of his son's arrest on an attempted murder charge. At a hearing Thursday, the attorney general's staff asked Montgomery County Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick to step aside from the case of former state education official Deaann Stone and her husband. – AP

We lead nation in not protecting moms

A recent study found 17 states where, in the absence of federal requirements, there are no state policies to protect workplace conditions for new parents. These states are: Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. – BusinessWeek

World Point acquires Mobile terminals

Missouri-based World Point Terminals LP has purchased two Mobile oil terminals for $14 million in cash. It expects to spend $8 million to $12 million to bring the Blakeley Island and Chickasaw terminals back to full capacity, which includes buying leased land where the terminals sit. – STLToday.com

Birmingham’s Altec expands in Virginia

Altec Industries anticipates that the company’s latest expansion of its aerial device manufacturing and assembly plant north of Roanoke, Virginia will add about 200 jobs and involve a capital investment of about $3.9 million over three years. The expansion began in January. – Roanoke Times

High shrimp prices raising hopes

Shrimping season opened on Wednesday, a few weeks later than usual. But higher shrimp prices have shrimpers excited about potential profits. “The abundances we saw during our sampling look good, so it should be a nice opening,” said Chris Blankenship, director of Alabama Marine Resources. – Montgomery Advertiser

SpectraCyte among Launchpad contenders

Researchers with a Mobile startup affiliated with the University of South Alabama hope to shine a new a new light on cancer detection. SpectraCyte was one of 10 teams selected Thursday to compete in the latest round of the Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition for a share of as much as $300,000. – AL.com

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