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Top News Links: Friday, March 1

Statehouse Republicans push through private schools incentive

In a heated debate in the statehouse, lawmakers pushed through a program to give tax breaks to families moving their kids to private schools. — al.com

Brighter outlook in real estate

Gulf condo sales improve, with inventory 67 percent less than at depth of market bust. — ACRE/al.com

Residential sales up in most of state; Mobile and Tuscaloosa see decline. — ACRE/al.com

Commerce officials welcome Turkish delegation in Hoover

Turkish cultural center in Hoover, business student exchanges highlight new focus on trade with Turkey. — al.com

Raytheon delivers new missile to Navy

A new missile designed to protect Navy ships from air attacks has been delivered from Raytheon's new Huntsville plant to the U.S. Navy. — Raytheon PR

TVA whistleblower wins a round

A TVA foreman who was fired after criticizing safety practices at the Brown's Ferry nuclear plant near Florence, has won the latest round in his battle to prove he was fired for his whistleblower role, as the Department of Labor is siding with him in a recent ruling. — Katz, Marshall & Banks PR/Businesswire

Final bids reportedly in for ThyssenKrupp's Alabama plant

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that final bids have been received for ThyssenKrupp's remaining Alabama steel mill with the long-rumored prospective buyers still leading the pack — a joint bid from ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal for the Alabama plant alone and a bid from Brazilian Siderurgica Nacional for both the Alabama plant and one in Brazil; experts say bids are lower than ThyssenKrupp hoped. – Wall Street Journal

Voting rights law challenge before Supreme Court

Case brought by Shelby County prompts queries and barbs from justices. — Los Angeles Times

Drummond can resume shipping Colombian coal

Reuters reports that Drummond received permission to ship coal today, ending a stoppage caused by environmental concerns; coal operations across Colombia had been interrupted by the penalty against second-biggest shipper Drummond at the same time as a major strike and new coal train regulations. — Reuters

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