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Top News Links: Wednesday, May 7

Verizon to hire 400 in north Alabama

Verizon Wireless is looking to hire more than 400 full-time employees in Alabama this year, company officials announced Tuesday. More than three hundred of the available positions are for customer service-related opportunities at the Verizon Wireless state headquarters in Huntsville. – Wall Street Journal

Four lessons in crisis management

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is an important example of crisis management in a world addicted to the speed of information that only social media can provide. Here are the top four lessons every company can learn from the airline's handling of this crisis. – Baker Donelson

Milo’s Tea shipping out new flavors

In conjunction with National Beverage Day, Milo’s Tea Co. of Bessemer has introduced three new products. Milo’s Decaf Sweet Tea, Milo’s Lemonade, and Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea and Lemonade are now available in multiple retail outlets. – BusinessWire

What’s the Spearhead been up to?

The Navy wrapped up the maiden deployment of its new high-speed catamaran on Tuesday, when the USNS Spearhead pulled into Norfolk, Va., after a five-month tour of Europe and Africa. The vessel was built at Austal USA in Mobile. – Stripes.com

Brasfield & Gorrie wins Marshall contract

Brasfield & Gorrie construction company of Birmingham has won a $45 million contract to build two large stands at Marshall Space Flight Center to test the fuel tanks and other key hardware for NASA’s new Space Launch System. – al.com

BASF hunting new plant location

The German chemical company BASF, which has operations in Washington County, is searching for a place to build a new facility that would cost more than $1.4 billion. Company officials said they are still evaluating their options, but the location will definitely be on the Gulf Coast. – al.com

States positioning to attract big brewers

Alabama State Sen. Dick Brewbaker sponsored SB 439 in an effort to appeal to Stone Brewing, a California operation looking to expand east. His bill, which ultimately failed, would have created a loophole that would have allowed Stone to run its desired World Bistro & Garden Restaurant on-site. – Brewbound.com

Highest court weighing key business cases

As the U.S. Supreme Court's nine-month term reaches a climax, nearly all of the most hotly anticipated decisions will be in high-stakes business cases. – Reuters

Rack Room Shoes expands in Boaz

A Charlotte, N.C.-based family footwear retailer launched a new store this month in Boaz. Rack Room Shoes, which opened an 11,000-square-foot retail space May 1, carries a wide range of brand-name shoes for all ages. The new location is more than double the size of Rack Room Shoes stores throughout the region. – al.com

Infinity Property announces dividend

Infinity Property and Casualty Corp. of Birmingham announced today that it declared a quarterly dividend of $0.36 per share of Infinity Property and Casualty Common Stock. – MarketWatch

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