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Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 28

ASU officials put on leave

Three officials from Alabama State University, including president Joseph Silver, have been placed on administrative leave until a board meeting next week. — Montgomery Advertiser

Jasper picked for three new Fontaine Trailer facilities

Fontaine Trailer plans three new facilities in Jasper, including a structure to build the main beam trailer units; $5 million investment should bring more than 100 new jobs. — Area Development

State grants aid Bibb, Walker companies

State Block Grants totaling $500,000 are helping Fontaine Trailer expand in Jasper and ThyssenKrupp Materials in Bibb County. — al.com

Huntsville population growing

Pitney Bowes Software projects that Huntsville will be 23rd among the nation's fastest growing cities, with a population increase of 5.8 percent over the next five years. — Huntsville Times

Layoffs at Anniston's General Dynamics

General Dynamics has announced plans to layoff 98 workers in January after completing a combat vehicle contract. — Anniston Star

Not guilty, BP tells court

BP entered a plea of not guilty to criminal charges in federal court yesterday, which should not affect its plea deal and $4 billion settlement reached earlier this month. — Businessweek

BBVA Compass introduces new real-time system

New system at BBVA Compass cuts administrative times, allows instant updates for customers. — Huntsville Times

Too much steel, too little market

Expanding steel mills are facing a shrinking market. — Wall Street Journal

Port stable despite steel crunch

Port of Mobile continues as steel hub despite dwindling steel market that has harmed major Mobile-area player ThyssenKrupp. — American Metal Market

Military budget queries

The military will work with whatever budget it has, Major Gen. Lynn Collyer told AMCOM workers, but can't make specific decisions until it knows whether it faces $500 billion in cuts that will take effect if Congress fails to act. — al.com

Military budget optimism

Military leaders express some optimism that budget process will avoid forced cuts. — Politico

Israeli interceptor succeeds in first test

David's Sling Weapon System, developed at Redstone Arsenal for the Israeli military, has completed its first interceptor test. — Huntsville Times

Special dividend at ServisFirst

ServisFirst Bancshares has announced a special 50-cent dividend payable Dec. 31. — iStock Analyst

Alabama immigration law setback

Scott Beason disappointed by federal court ruling blocking more of state's immigration law. — al.com 

Huntsville Twickenham Square project set to break ground

Groundbreaking is set for Tuesday for the $85 million Twickenham Square project in Huntsville. — al.com

Drought still troubles eastern counties

A third of the state remains in drought conditions, down from half the state earlier this year, with some eastern counties in severe drought. — al.com

ABC awards to state contractors

Brasfield & Gorrie takes regional "project of the year" award for Florida project, kudos for several other projects. — al.com

Fite Building Company earns three awards. — Huntsville Times

Corvias chosen to build student housing at ACOM

Corvias Campus Living has been selected to build student housing at the new Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan. — Corvias PR

´┐╝Corporate giving

Regions Share the Good program provides varied help to service areas, including classroom instruction, books, meals, food bank assistance and urban farm construction. — Regions PR

Nucor golf tourney raises $260,000 for Children's of Alabama. — Children's PR

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