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Top News Links: Monday, June 9

Magic City may be getting company

Jefferson County leaders say they are excited by the potential of the World Games and Democratic National Convention coming to the area. AL.com reported Sunday that Birmingham is making a bid to play host to the 2021 World Games, an 11-day event with an expected economic impact of $256.5 million. Birmingham is among six cities seeking to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016. – AL.com

Bloomberg notes swap rate implications

An arbitration ruling in favor of a Baldwin County sewer company that fought its bank and recouped payments on failed interest-rate hedges may have implications for municipalities facing similar fees. – Bloomberg

Can SpaceX hit Shelby’s curve?

Last week the U.S. Senate’s Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the fiscal year 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, a spending plan to fund NASA and other agencies. But buried within could be something of a poison pill for a company like SpaceX. – Houston Chronicle

Orvis opening to benefit Riverkeeper

The Birmingham Orvis retail store will celebrate its grand opening June 20–22. Highlighting the weekend are giveaways and a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 Orvis gift card. A portion of the proceeds from the Grand Opening Weekend will benefit Black Warrior Riverkeeper. – News release

American Pipe opens in Nashville

American Pipe and Supply, a Birmingham-based distributor of pipes, valves, fittings and plumbing supplies, fire sprinkler supplies and underground utility products, announces the opening of its new location in the Nashville area. – BusByway.com

Mobile-Tensaw national park plan lingers

Efforts to protect the 250,000-acre Mobile-Tensaw Delta and even have it included in the National Park System have come and gone through the decades.  A bill to include the region in a study to determine if it should be granted national park status has lingered since September in a House subcommittee. – Gazette.com

A $4 million question still on table

The question of who will pay $4 million to extend utilities to the planned Sweetwater development in Decatur remains unanswered. “We assume the city will participate at some level, along with Decatur Utilities, and that the developer will, too,” Mayor Don Kyle said. – Decatur Daily

Worldly students gather in Huntsville

A student from Al-Ikhlass Private School at Salmiyah, Kuwait, was one of 304 students from 38 countries chosen by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) to participate in the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy this year. The weeklong program took place at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville. – Zawya.com

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