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Top News Links: Tuesday, June 30

Did Walter Energy just get a Supreme Court boost?

The Supreme Court found fault with Environmental Protection Agency rules that would limit mercury emissions for coal producers - and Birmingham's Walter Energy has seen a bump in its stock since. The boost comes in a turbulent time for the Birmingham coal maker as talk has swirled of Walter exploring bankruptcy. – AL.com

What does ‘Made in USA’ really mean nowadays?

Fifteen years ago, designer Natalie Chanin left New York City and moved back to her hometown of Florence, Alabama, where she started what is now called Alabama Chanin, a line of made-to-order dresses and easy jersey basics. Chanin made a name for herself in the fashion world by producing locally. Her one-of-a-kind gowns were hand-stitched by local seamstresses. – Fashionista.com

Catfish producers seeing high demand, lower costs

High consumer demand and lower input costs have Mississippi catfish farmers filling their ponds to the brim. Mississippi leads the nation in total sales and the number of acres in catfish production. The state is followed by Alabama, Arkansas and Texas. – MSBusiness.com

 Alabama One Credit Union sues state officials

Tuscaloosa-based Alabama One Credit Union filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Alabama public officials – including Sen. Gerald H. Allen (R-Ala.), Gov. Robert Bentley’s chief legal advisor David Byrne and local attorneys – alleging conspiracy and abuse of power from Gov. Bentley’s office. – CUTimes.com

Judge spends $204,000 to fight gay marriage

According to a county spokeswoman, Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis has spent $204,451.03 to fight a gay marriage ruling since a federal judge in Mobile County issued a ruling allowing the practice back in January. The spokeswoman said $25,340.00 was paid to Lee L. Hale, while Davis paid $102,767.53 to the law firm of Satterwhite, Druhan, and $76,343.50 to the Boardman, Carr Law Firm. – Fox-10

Sessions: Not appropriate to erase history

In an appearance on Birmingham, AL WAPI’s Matt Murphy Show last week, Sen. Jeff Sessions reacted to the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag and its place in public forums. Sessions was asked in particular to react to Gov. Robert Bentley (R-AL) and his decision to remove the flag from his state’s capitol grounds. Breitbart

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