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Top News Links: Thursday, March 20

Huntsville mourns research visionary Moquin

In 1961, Joe Moquin selected a cotton field across from the University of Alabama in Huntsville as the future home of Brown Engineering, which would later become Teledyne Brown Engineering. That decision changed the Rocket City's future by eventually giving rise to Cummings Research Park. Moquin died Sunday following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 89. – al.com

Joe Moquin, in our April 1988 issue, gave Business Alabama readers these insights into the pioneer days of Huntsville's technology center.

BP back in business off Alabama coast

BP PLC appeared to win new drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, less than a week after a federal ban was lifted that kept the company doing business with the U.S. government for 16 months. The company will pay $41.6 million for new access to explore in U.S. waters off the coasts of Louisiana and Alabama. – Wall Street Journal

Government settles for $1.2B with Toyota

The U.S. government announced a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. on Wednesday and filed a criminal charge alleging the company defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements about safety issues in Toyota and Lexus vehicles. – Fox10TV.com

Ten things you didn’t know about Tim Cook

Apple’s CEO is frequently described in the press with the same few (sometimes contradicting) words: Calm. Meticulous. Incredibly demanding. A machine who doesn't need sleep. Here’s 10 things you may not know about him. – Mashable.com

Shuttle Park wants to land trainer plane

A team including Space Camp alumni and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation is embarking on their first 60-day crowd-funding campaign to bring a Grumman Gulfstream II Shuttle Training Aircraft to the center's Shuttle Park, home of the world's only full-stack shuttle display, Pathfinder. – PRNewswire.com

TK opens coil processing center in Woodstock

ThyssenKrupp Materials NA recently opened a 100,000 square-foot carbon, stainless and aluminum coil processing and distribution service center in Woodstock, Alabama. TKMNA invested more than $15 million in the facility, just outside Birmingham. – Canadian Mining Journal

Graham adds broker for Birmingham spaces

Graham & Co. says its Birmingham brokers have completed a number of sales and lease transactions and the company has assigned a new broker for some of its office leasing efforts. Graham’s Sam Carroll will direct leasing efforts for Meadow Brook North, Grandview II, and The Plaza office buildings. – al.com

Brasfield & Gorrie completes new hospital

Brasfield & Gorrie has announced the completion of the $92 million WellStar Paulding Hospital in Hiram, Ga. The eight-story hospital will be among the first in the country conditioned solely by a geothermal heat pump and a radiant floor system. – Brasfieldgorrie.com

Commerce officials to attend China symposium

Two officials from the Alabama Department of Commerce will attend and host a booth at the U.S.–China Manufacturing Symposium set in Dothan for next week as part of statewide recruiting efforts. The symposium will bring government leaders, industry executives and economic developers from China and from across the U.S. to Dothan. – Dothan Eagle

Harden lays off 300, according to report

Promotional bedroom manufacturer Harden Mfg. has laid off 300 workers, according to a report published Wednesday in the Northwest Alabamian newspaper. This affects all of the company domestic production and distribution workers and some administrative staff at its operation in Haleyville. – Furniture Today

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