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Top News Links: Friday, May 11

New support business at ThyssenKrupp plant

Tube City IMS plans $23 million, 68-job plant to handle scrap steel at ThyssenKrupp facility. — Mobile Press-Register

Groundbreaking for Washington County business park

Ceremonies to kick off a new business park were slated Friday; officials say they've already lined up two tenants who will be moving in from other nearby sites. — Mobile Press-Register

Longer summer, shorter school year

Alabama lawmakers overrode Gov. Robert Bentley's veto of a bill that lengthens summer vacation to increase tourism revenue and takes some school calendar decisions away from local school boards. — Montgomery Advertiser

Charter schools out

Bill to allow charter schools in Alabama dies in committee as legislative session draws to a close. — USA Today

Black farmers set to receive federal reparations

Settlement of a 1999 class action suit contending that black Southern farmers were consistently denied federal aid led to a $1.2 billion settlement; payment deadline is Friday. Most of the farms involved are in Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina. - MSN Money

Mobile-built ships scrutinized

The House Armed Services Committee has asked the General Accounting Office to review contracts and quality of new Littoral Combat Ships since vessels built by two different teams have developed problems; Austal CEO says he's confident the work is fine. — San Francisco Chronicle

CEO Patterson to retire from BancorpSouth

Aubrey Patterson has announced plans to retire next year after 20-plus years of leadership of Tupelo-based bank. — Hattieburg American

"Something there is that doesn't love a wall"

Echoing Robert Frost's poetic sentiment, officials say that three new seawalls built to protect homes on the west end of Dauphin Island will only cause increased erosion problems nearby. -- Mobile Press-Register

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