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Top News Links: Monday, June 6

Riley back on the witness stand today at Hubbard trial

Former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley will resume his testimony today in the ethics trial of the state’s House speaker. Prosecutors in Opelika began questioning Riley on Friday about emails House Speaker Mike Hubbard sent to him. Hubbard wrote that he wanted to work for Riley’s new lobbying firm. – AP/WHNT

Montgomery awards $8M contract to Aegion Corp.

Aegion Corp. says it won an $8 million contract from the city of Montgomery for its Infrastructure Solutions platform. This project is the second and final phase of a wastewater pipeline rehabilitation project in the Econchate Basin. Aegion engages in the research and development, manufacture and services for the protection and maintenance of infrastructure worldwide. – Sonoran Weekly Review

Custom Synthetic Fibers to open plant in Rogersville

Custom Synthetic Fibers LLC has announced plans to open a recycled polyester fiber plant in Rogersville. Joseph Ku, CEO of Custom Synthetic, expects to have the equipment installed by the end of June with operations beginning by early July. According to local reports the investment on the new facility is around $6 million. – Recycling Today

Water contaminated in two north Alabama counties

Lisa Davis, a cashier at a Foodvalu grocery store in rural north Alabama, spent Friday ringing up bottled water sales after a local utility declared its tap water unfit to drink because of chemical contamination. Officials with the West Morgan-East Limestone Water and Sewer Authority held a news conference Thursday to warn the utility's 10,000 residential and business customers in parts of two counties to not drink or cook with tap water because of chemical contamination. – AP/AllGov

Solar plant construction to begin at Redstone Arsenal

SunPower Corp. announced that the company has plans to commence the construction of a 10-megawatt (“MW”) photovoltaic (“PV”) solar power plant this month. The plant will be built at a U.S. Army post in Alabama and is expected to generate up to 18,000 MW-hours of electricity per year. – Zacks

Not even cowboys safe from robot onslaught

An Australian professor is developing a robot to monitor the health of grazing livestock, a development that could bring big changes to a profession that’s relied largely on a low-tech approach for decades but is facing a labor shortage. Salah Sukkarieh, a robotics professor at the University of Sydney, sees robots as necessary given how cattlemen are aging. The average age of a farmer in Australia is 52, according to the Australian Farm Institute. – Washington Post

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