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Top News Links: Thursday, May 9

South American CSN offer for ThyssenKrupp takes step forward

Brazilian steel maker CSN is reportedly offering about $2.5 billion for ThyssenKrupp's remaining mill in Alabama and its steel slab plant in Brazil, a Brazilian newspaper reported, and the offer is under review by mining company Vale, which is a partner in the Brazilian plant. — Steel Guru

Mobile faces $475,000 fines over lack of storm water compliance

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is asking the court to fine Mobile $475,000 for failure to comply with a required storm water management plan. — Mobile Press-Register

Southern Co. settles with NRC over exam cheating

Southern Co. has agreed to enhanced safety and training issues in a deal reached with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to avoid fines related to an incident in which a security officer at the nuclear facilities helped other workers cheat on the exam or took exams for them. — Nuclear Street

Standard Furniture closing Frisco City plant, adding workers in Bay Minette

Baldwin County's Standard Furniture is closing its Frisco City plant but adding about 100 workers at its home base in Bay Minette. — Furniture Today

Madison Hospital adds vein center

A new vein center at Madison Hospital is expected to draw patients from surrounding communities for treatment of varicose veins and related conditions. — Huntsville Times

Gardendale ponders tax abatements to lure restaurant

City officials in Gardendale plan a public hearing May 20 to decide whether to offer tax relief to a proposed Panera Bread restaurant to help bring it to an old Shoney's location. — al.com 

Infinity Property maintains dividend level

Birmingham-based Infinity Property and Casualty, which raised its dividend from $0.25 to $0.30 in February, has maintained the higher rate for its second quarter dividend. — Motley Fool

Geocent celebrates move to Huntsville

Louisiana-based Geocent held ceremonies Wednesday to celebrate moving its engineering team headquarters to Huntsville; the firm now has 50 employees in its Cummings Research Park offices. — Huntsville Times

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