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Top News Links: Thursday, Nov. 8

Muni credit measures down, despite low financing rates

Alabama voter approval of $750 million in bonds marked one of the biggest voter-approved spending measures in the nation, despite low interest rates for financing. — Bloomberg

Tourism, seafood grants awarded from BP funds

Nonprofits selected for tourism and seafood grant funds by BP spill penalties; 21 Alabama groups will share $8.3 million. — Miami Herald

Tuscaloosa turns economic development duties over to Chamber

The City of Tuscaloosa is now funding the Chamber of Commerce with $175,000 a year of taxpayer funds to handle economic development activities for the city. — Tuscaloosa News

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne announces California layoffs

Private space contractor Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has announced 100 staff layoffs, with 75 of them in its California facilities; company also has facilities in Alabama and Florida. — San Fernando Business Journal

Commodity price swings make small firms vulnerable

Analysis of commodities ownership changes blames demise of Alabama's Weil Brothers cotton brokerage firm on wild cotton price swings at the start of the recession. — Financial Times

Montgomery economic forum set for Nov. 15

Auburn University Montgomery invites pollsters, pundits for Nov. 15 economic forum. — AUM PR

German consul speaks at Samford

Christoph Sander, German consul to the Southeast, spoke at Samford University, comparing cultures and boosting international trade. — Samford Crimson

Do-it-yourself cheese

Elkmont-based goat-cheese maker Belle Chèvre has introduced a line of do-it-yourself cheese kits. — PR.com

USA business school leader chosen to head Kent State business school

Deborah Spake, currently associate dean at University of South Alabama's Mitchell College of Business, has been named dean of the business school at Kent State University in Ohio. — Kent State PR

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