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Top News Links: Monday, March 5

BP oil spill settlement

Settlement reached Friday sends BP shares rising. — Bloomberg

Settlement includes mechanism for handling health problems that arise later. — WPMI/MSNBC

Settlement doesn't resolve state claims, AG says. — Mobile Press-Register

Bankruptcy plan in motion

Federal judge in Birmingham okays Jefferson County's plan to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. — Reuters/Chicago Tribune

Alabama building codes lag behind other hurricane-prone states

A national insurance study ranks Alabama 15th among 18 hurricane-prone states for the strength of its building codes. — Mobile Press-Register

Gambling trial jury still talking

Jurors in the vote-buying trial of six state lawmakers and gambling facility owners continued into a fifth day of deliberations today. — Dothan Eagle

Looking for success: try farming or mining, expert tells students

Students considering banking and Wall Street careers should consider farming, mining and commodities instead, investing expert Jim Rogers tells University of Alabama students. — Tuscaloosa News

Alabama Rig catching the big ones

A new bass fishing lure, introduced at Lake Guntersville and dubbed the Alabama Rig, has fishermen telling tales of the ones that didn't get away. — Cleveland Plain Dealer

Regions seeks to replace Dippin' Dots leadership

Regions Bank, the major lender to summer favorite Dippin' Dots, has asked a bankruptcy judge to replace top management at the ice cream firm. — Birmingham News

Knology looking for buyer, newspaper reports

The Wall Street Journal is quoting knowledgeable sources saying that publicly-traded Knology, which provides TV, phone and internet services in parts of Alabama, is courting potential buyers. — Wall Street Journal

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