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Top News Links: Monday, Nov. 19

Luther Strange: BP guilty plea will strengthen state's suit

BP's guilty plea to criminal charges resulting from the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill should help Alabama and other Gulf Coast states in their civil suits against the oil company, says Attorney General Luther Strange. — Mobile Press-Register/al.com

Austal halts trading

Austal, the Australian parent of Austal USA, has requested a trading halt until it makes an announcement Tuesday; analysts blame "cash flow." — Mobile Press-Register/Maritime Memo

Unemployment dips again

Alabama's unemployment dipped to 8.1 percent in October.  — al.com

Louisiana-Pacific plans to restart Clarke mill in Q2

During an earnings call with investors, Louisiana-Pacific officials said they plan a Q2  restart of their Clarke County OSB mill, idle since 2008, due to an unexpected surge in housing starts. — Seeking Alpha

HudsonAlpha scientists find new gene therapy target

Researcher Shawn Levy at Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute has helped to identify a gene sequence that appears useful in targeting non-Hodgkin lymphoma. — Huntsville Times/al.com

Adtran nabs three industry awards

Huntsville's Adtran has captured three major industry awards for its new Bluesocket virtual wireless LAN. — Market Watch

Special $1 dividend at CPSI

Mobile-based Computer Programs and Systems has announced a special $1 dividend based on "strong balance sheet" and "confidence in future cash flows."  — Benzinga

Former governor talks Airbus in Mobile

Former Gov. Bob Riley, talking with community leaders in Mobile, talked about the opportunities to attract suppliers for the Airbus plant in the works. — Mobile Press-Register

Industry, education officials talk workforce in Brewton

Representatives of area schools and businesses gathered in Brewton last week to discuss workforce development, focussing on the mismatch between workers' skills and jobs available. — Brewton Standard

BBB+ rating on port bonds

Fitch Ratings has set a BBB+ rating on Alabama State Port Authority bonds, citing dependence on coal and uncertainty about steel shipments with ThyssenKrupp in flux. — Reuters

Huntsville Country Club picks Moore

Brian Moore has been named general manager of Huntsville Country Club. — World Golf

Energen leader talks transformation at UAB

Energen Chairman and CEO James McManus, meeting with UAB business students, talked about transformations for his company over the years. — UAB News

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