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Top News Links: Tuesday, March 11

Big business still wary of tea party

Business interests have not gone all out in contesting tea party influence of the GOP, Politico reports. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will likely spend about $50 million on the 2014 campaign, while pro-tea party financiers have spent $28 million and are still spending freely. The chamber did help Bradley Byrne beat Dean Young in a December Alabama runoff election. – Newsmax.com

Relax, Mississippi ranks 51st in brain health

The 2014 America's Brain Health Index, released Monday, reveals which areas of the country have progressed or lost ground in taking measures to improve brain health over the last three years. Alabama has fallen to the No. 50 position among the brain-healthiest geographies in the nation. – Beautiful-minds.com

USA, Poarch Indians partner for new program

The University of South Alabama and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians have announced the creation of a Native American studies program that will focus on the history, culture and modern life of the tribe, along with others in the Southeast and across the United States. The Escambia County tribe is funding the program in part with a $500,000 gift. – Prnewswire.com

Calvert mill’s new owner has Investor Day

ArcelorMittal on Monday held its 2014 Investor Day, with a variety of topics on the agenda, including further information on its newest facility AM/NS Calvert, acquired in partnership with NSSMC. – NASDAQ

Walter Energy negotiating on debt refinancing

Walter Energy Inc., the Birmingham coal producer that has lost money for six straight quarters, is negotiating an amendment to its credit agreement to refinance debt, according to a regulatory filing Monday. – Businessweek

Boeing extends work on AH-64E helicopters

Boeing will continue its work on the AH-64E Apache helicopter through a $1.16 billion full-rate production contract. The Army contract includes 72 remanufactured helicopter systems, 10 new helicopters, six revamped crew trainers and logistics support. – al.com

Mobile-born filmmaker premieres documentary

Margaret Brown's new film, The Great Invisible, has premiered at the State Theatre at SXSW in Austin, Texas. It is the story of the BP well blowout in the Gulf in 2010, and follows several main characters whose lives were forever changed by tragedy, with some scenes filmed in Bayou La Batre, Ala. – Huffington Post

Brasfield & Gorrie start Buckhead apartments

Brasfield & Gorrie Monday announced the start of construction on Solis Downwood Apartments, a $34.6 million luxury apartment community in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, developed by Terwilliger Pappas. – Brasfieldgorrie.com

Zoe’s Kitchen aims at $80.5M public offering

Mediterranean style restaurant chain Zoe's Kitchen filed with U.S. regulators to raise up to $80.5 million in an initial public offering. The Birmingham-based company is backed by private equity firm Brentwood Associates. – Reuters

Vulcan completes sale to Cementos Argos

Vulcan Materials Co., the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, has completed the previously announced sale of the company's cement and concrete businesses in the Florida area to Cementos Argos for gross cash proceeds of $720 million. – ir.vulcanmaterials.com

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