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Top News Links: Tuesday, March 20

State funding lopped again

Governor declares 10 percent cuts for most state agencies. — Montgomery Advertiser

Taylor Bean leader pleads guilty in $3 billion fraud

Financier whose dealings helped topple Colonial Bancgroup pleads guilty in federal court. — Bloomberg Business Week

Jefferson bankruptcy appealed

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and other creditors have filed an appeal of the recently approved Jefferson County bankruptcy. — Business Week

Cooper Green asks for cash from county

Cooper Green Mercy Hospital has asked Jefferson County officials for $3 million to pay past-due bills. — Birmingham News

Baldwin beach communities looking for workers

County officials say that tourist businesses, expected another good season, are having trouble finding workers. — WPMI/Mobile Press-Register

Medical products firm expands in Auburn

Si02 Medical Products has begun work on a $90 million expansion with 300 new jobs in Auburn. — Montgomery Advertiser

Harbert settles federal bid-rigging case

Harbert companies have agreed to repay the federal government $47 million related to sewer construction projects in Egypt in the 1980s and 1990s. — Birmingham News

Huntville firm moves R&D to California

Nektar Therapeutics is moving its R&D team from Huntsville to California, but leaving its manufacturing and processing operations here. — Market Watch

Shelby key player in Ex-Im bank debate

Senators slated to consider reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank today amid pressure from supporters and opponents. — Bloomberg Business Week

Union, business leaders team up to preserve jobs.

The former president of Alabama's AFL-CIO has teamed with business leaders to work for job retention legislation. — Business Week

New Jersey company buys Decatur chemical firm

Southern Water Consultants Inc. of Decatur has been purchased by New Jersey-based General Chemical Performance Products with an eye to the Alabama firms coagulant technologies. — Birmingham News

Offshore oil headlines

Public comments sought on new off shore lease. — CBS News

First Titan Corp. set to rig new well off Alabama coast. — EON

BP should expect public scrutiny of Atlantis documents, judge says. — Fuel Fix

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