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Top News Links: Tuesday, June 9

LSU man may be new president at UA soon

A top LSU administrator is being recommended as the next president of the University of Alabama. A 24-member advisory search committee is expected to recommend LSU Executive Vice President and Provost Stuart Bell to the University of Alabama Board of Trustees when it meets on June 18. – Business Report

Don’t expect doubloons at Airbus parade

The public is invited to catch a front-row seat June 21 as Airbus' first major components roll Mardi Gras-style from APM Terminals Mobile to Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. A closed welcome ceremony is slated for the terminal on Ezra Trice Boulevard, but Mobile's Excelsior Band will then lead a parade – complete with float but no throws – as the components make the final four-mile trek to their temporary Mobile Aeroplex home for assembly at Airbus' A320 final assembly line. – AL.com

Bentley: ‘With frustrations come solutions’

Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday said he is optimistic about getting a budget agreement in a special session this summer despite the gridlock that plagued lawmakers this spring. The governor acknowledged that many lawmakers were frustrated after the regular session ended Thursday without a general fund budget. "I'm glad they're frustrated. We're all frustrated. With frustrations come solutions," Bentley said. – AP/TribTown

Erin Koshut new director at Cummings Park

Crisp Communication's vice president for client services and special events will take charge of Cummings Research Park when she becomes its new director next month. Erin Koshut will replace former CRP Director John Southerland, who resigned in February to work for Madison County Schools. Koshut starts her new role July 6. – AL.com

Hertz Investment buys Wells Fargo Tower

Birmingham's tallest skyscraper, the Wells Fargo Tower, has sold for the second time in four years. Santa Monica, Calif.-based Hertz Investment Group purchased the multitenant office building, along with two suburban Class A office properties, in a $417 million portfolio purchase from Chicago's Equity Commonwealth that included buildings in four cities. – BizJournals.com

‘What Public Service?’ report takes PSC to task

A report titled “What Public Service? How the Alabama Public Service Commission’s misplaced priorities put utility profits over people” was released last week by Greater Birmingham Ministries. GASP has been seeking transparency at the PSC for the past two years with a particular focus on the health impacts of Alabama Power’s energy planning decisions, which it says are made without real public participation. – CleanEnergy.org

Harper Lee misses Hall of Fame induction

"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee missed her induction as an inaugural member of the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame on Monday just weeks before the release of her second book. Organizers said the 89-year-old Lee couldn't attend the event, held on the University of Alabama campus. – Daily News

Alabama student among BioGENEius finalists

The Biotechnology Institute today announced the launch of three BioGENEius challenge tracks—in Healthcare, Sustainability and Environment—and the 28 student winners who will advance to the final stages of the 2015 BioGENEius Challenge next week at the 2015 Biotechnology Industry Organization Annual Convention in Philadelphia. Among them is Rohan Palanki, a student at W.P. Davidson High School in Mobile. – BusinessWire

Hearing today in Chinese drywall case

Thomas Stone says Chinese drywall has ruined his life, repeatedly corroding fixtures and appliances in the house he bought and rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. A hearing today will decide how much money he and 3,000 other homeowners can get to replace the drywall made by Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. – AL.com

SBA deadline approaching for Houston County loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of that June 22 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Houston County in Alabama as a result of drought that began on Aug. 26, 2014. – PR Newswire

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