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Top News Links: Friday, Nov. 22

Unemployment drifts up

Alabama's unemployment rate has drifted up from 6.2 percent in August to 6.4 in September to 6.5 percent in October; analysts blame federal shutdown for unemployment increase. — al.com

Jefferson bankruptcy exit plan approved

A bankruptcy court just has approved Jefferson County's plan to refinance its debt and get back in business, but residents worry that they are paying too much of the penalty for costs incurred through actions of corrupt county officials. — Birmingham News

Bail set at $1 million for rail car exec

A Colbert County judge set bail at $1 million for Greg Aziz, chairman of National Steel Car, who was indicted by a grand jury on securities fraud charges that he misled investors about the cost of a proposed plant in the Shoals. — Florence Times/Daily

Mobile commission delays coal terminal vote

City staffers recommended approval for a new coal terminal near Mobile Bay — part of a major Walter Energy initiative — but the planning commission delayed the process because it didn't have enough members present to act.  — Mobile Press-Register

Colombia looking for coal loading solution

Colombian officials, fearful that coal exports could be cut as much as a third if they stick to a Jan. 1 deadline requiring exported coal to be loaded via a long, enclosed conveyor system from shore to ship; Alabama-based Drummond, one of the country's major coal firms, expects its conveyor system to be ready at the end of January. — Reuters

New research center works to reclaim water used at power plants

Birmingham's Southern Research Institute has teamed with Georgia Power and the Electric Power Research Institute on a research center at Plant Bowen near Cartersville, Ga., to study ways to reclaim water used at power plants. — SRI PR

Southern Heat Exchanger to expand in Tuscaloosa

Southern Heat Exchanger Corp., which builds industrial heat exchangers, announced plans to consolidate and expand its Tuscaloosa operations, adding about 50 employees to its 160-person workforce. — Tuscaloosa News

Huntsville hopes to host Boeing 777x construction

Huntsville city and chamber officials are working to convince Boeing that their city would be the ideal place to build the company's new 777x commercial jet. — Huntsville Times

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