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Top News Links: Thursday, Nov. 15

Reuters: BP to plead guilty on criminal charge

Reuters is quoting unnamed sources saying that BP Plc will plead guilty to criminal misconduct and pay a record fine in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blast and oil spill that killed 11 people and spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico and its beaches. — Reuters

Bankers, lawmakers discuss regulations

New bank regulations may allow huge banks to manipulate system, may be too complex and inaccurate, senators say. — Market Watch

Tuscaloosa tower to house apartments

The PNC building, Tuscaloosa's first office tower, will now include apartments, says developer Heritage Land and Development of Memphis. — Tuscaloosa News

Wise Alloys, workers settle five-year agreement

Aluminum can stock producer Wise Alloys, based in Muscle Shoals, has agreed to a five-year labor pact with its Steelworkers Union employees. — WAFF-TV

Local tax measures fare well with voters

While citizens may rail against taxes, many local tax measures were approved by voters during last week's election, including measures on Alabama ballots. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Alabama's credit creep

Alabama credit scores are among worst in nation; mortgage and credit card debt down from last year but student and auto loans up, according to Credit Karma study. — al.com

Montgomery vibrant with new development

City leaders are proud of new downtown development, look to future for even more assets. — Montgomery Advertiser

Graphite exploration underway in Clay County

Graphite Corp. says it has begun exploration at its Carr and Cahaba leases covering more than 3,700 acres in Clay County. — Energy Business Review

Three Alabama stores change hands

Dollar General stores in Robertsdale, Wetumpka and East Brewton are part of a five-store, $6 million purchase by Inland Real Estate Acquisitions Inc., based in Illinois. — Birmingham Business Journal

Cherokee plant limiting production after pipe rupture

Cherokee Nitrogen Co. announced Wednesday that it would limit production for three to five months until it can repair damage from a Tuesday pipe rupture.— IStock Analyst

Birmingham company buys Texas apartment complex

Equity Partners, based in Birmingham, has acquired Waterstone Apartments near Exxon Mobil's expanding Texas campus. — Houston Business Journal

Lights, camera — get on with it

Louisiana town officials, who gave $50,000 in grant money to Alabama filmmakers, are urging them to get started on the movie or pay back the money. — Alexandria Town Talk

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