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Top News Links: Friday, March 22

Mercedes growing again

Mercedes-Benz has announced another expansion at its Vance plant, this time adding a $70 million, 500-worker parts consolidation warehouse. — Birmingham News

Alabama AG blasts BP attempt to undercut settlement

Lambasting oil company BP for trying to change the terms of a settlement already reached over its responsibility for a deadly 2010 explosion and oil spill, Alabama Attorney General said yesterday, "As usual, BP is wrong. If BP underestimated the amount of damage it inflicted upon the Gulf, that is BP’s problem—not the victims'." — Mobile Press-Register

BP, Alabama both seek sanctions against Halliburton

Lawyers from both sides of the courtroom, representing both plaintiff Alabama and defendant BP, have said they plan to file for sanctions against Halliburton, saying the cement contractor for the well in question hid or destroyed evidence. — lawyers.com

Judge weighing arguments in Jefferson sewer rate case

Should Jefferson County sewer rates be raised to meet obligations to creditors and should the issue be raised in court during bankruptcy proceedings? A federal bankruptcy judge is weighing the arguments before making a decision whether the issue can proceed while other bankruptcy issues are still unsettled. — Birmingham News

ServisFirst ranked high among community banks

Birmingham-based ServisFirst bank has been ranked 26th best on a list of community banks compiled by SNL Financial. — Huntsville Times

New Mobile digs for ServisFirst

Birmingham-based ServisFirst has moved its five Mobile employees into a new office on St. Joseph Street that once was headquarters to recently purchased BankTrust. — Mobile Press-Register

Bayer Properties to manage Bridge Street Town Centre

Birmingham-based Bayer Properties has been selected to manage Bridge Street Town Center, a retail center that includes a Westin hotel, in Huntsville's Cummings Research Park. — Birmingham News

Job ills

Southern Poverty Law Center has published scathing look at worker safety in chicken processing plants in Alabama, saying work-related injuries are half again higher than U.S. industry as a whole. — In These Times

Distinguished alumna honors for Huntsville's Susan Wu

Susan Wu, who leads Huntsville's ERC Inc., was announced as a distinguished alumna of California Institute of Technology. — Huntsville Times

More accurate or more biased?

Huffington Post reports that much of the information about BP that's published in Wikipedia online information site is actually written by a BP employee rather than outside sources. — Huffington Post

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