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Top News Links: Friday, March 30

State jobless rate falls

Unemployment drops to 7.6 percent; higher in Wilcox and Mobile, lower in Shelby. — Birmingham News

Steeling first place

Plans for a $500 million Carpenter Technology steel manufacturing plant in Limestone County gave the county top honors for capital investment in 2011, governor says. — Huntsville Times

Where R you?

The Mercedes-Benz R class, built in Alabama, will no longer be sold in the U.S., but will still be built for overseas markets. — Birmingham News

Small business program leader sentenced to prison

The former director of a state small business assistance program, convicted of fraud and bribery, sentenced to prison. — The Anniston Star

Green light on northern belt environmental study

The Northern Beltway around Birmingham moved another step toward reality when federal officials approved the environmental evaluation of the route. — Birmingham News

New steel facility planned near ThyssenKrupp

International Steel Services Inc. announced plans for a new facility to handle iron oxide and ferrous chloride for ThyssenKrupp plant. — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Sweet deal

British Tate & Lyle has reopened its Sucralose factory in McIntosh two months early. — Reuters

Working on the railroad

CSX says it will increase Alabama work force. — Birmingham News

Alabama camera catches Pennsylvania thief

Motion-activated Moultrie camera, made in Alabaster and set out to catch photos of wild animals, instead caught image of serial thief. — Birmingham News

Go Bo

Alabama athletic legend Bo Jackson will bike 300 miles Saturday to raise money for tornado victims. — WSFA-TV

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