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Top News Links: Friday, May 30

Sinclair may surrender 3 stations

The nation's biggest owner of TV stations has told the Federal Communications Commission it is surrendering the licenses for three of its properties in response to a recent rule change by the regulatory agency. Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group said in a letter to the FCC that it was unable to sell three TV stations, including WCFT-TV Tuscaloosa and WJSU-TV Anniston. – LA Times

Cotton’s not king here anymore

While more than 376,000 acres of nearly nine million acres of farmland in the state are dedicated to cotton farming, there are now more farms growing corn (2,112 farms) and soybeans (1,502 farms) in Alabama than those growing cotton (925 farms). Those numbers come from the recent farming census. – USDA

Restaurant owners: check your valves

Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian says authorities have been told of a man walking into men's rooms in restaurants and stealing flush valves and supply lines from urinals. Authorities say the man left two businesses without being noticed. – The Associated Press

Alabaster store reopens after storms

After being closed several weeks for repairs and remodeling necessitated by heavy rains, America’s Thrift Store in Alabaster has re-opened.  The Alabaster store is located at 218 2nd Street SW. – News release

Stella-Jones acquires Boatright assets

Stella-Jones Inc. announced that it has acquired the wood treating facilities of Boatright Railroad Products Inc. for $60 million. The facilities were obtained to increase Stella-Jones’ variety of treated wood products and services to the railroad industry in North America, according to the company. – Woodworking Network

Intero joins HomeServices

Intero Real Estate Services of Huntsville is now a part of the second largest full-service residential real estate brokerage firm in the U.S. The real estate company on 7531 Bailey Cove Road announced last week it has been acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate owned by Warren Buffet. – AL.com

Mantissa offers cloud upgrade

Birmingham-based Mantissa is delivering the third beta of its new z86VM offering targeting the cloud deployment of x86 servers and desktops on IBM System z mainframes. This free version of the z86VM beta includes performance enhancements in the x86 instruction set and file system. – Mantissa News release

Mugshots opens second B’ham location

Mugshots Grill & Bar celebrated the grand opening of their second Birmingham location in Uptown Birmingham and made a $10,000 donation to the Prescott House Child Advocacy Center, which helps restore the lives of victims of child abuse and neglect. – Mugshots News release

Quincy Compressor may centralize

Quincy Compressor officials say they are considering closing the company's namesake facility in Quincy, Illinois. A news release issued Wednesday said Quincy Compressor has "entered into discussions" with Machinists Union Local 822 regarding the company’s plan to create a centralized manufacturing facility in Bay Minette, where the company is now headquartered. – Quincy Journal

Birmingham sees more tourist revenue

According to the most recent economic impact study done for the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, estimated traveler expenditures in Jefferson County in 2013 reached more than $1.54 billion, a slight increase over 2012 figures. – News release

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