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Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 19

Oxford Pharmaceuticals headed here

Oxford Pharmaceuticals LLC will build a manufacturing facility in Birmingham that is expected to open in 2016. The company manufactures generic drugs. Gov. Robert Bentley says the company will employ 200 people when it is fully operational. Birmingham Business Alliance officials said that state and local governments have tentatively awarded $5 million in incentives for the project. – ABC 3340

BAE Systems to close Cordova plant

BAE Systems, a week after issuing notices to 191 employees that it would be closing a plant in Texas due to losing an F-16 upgrade contact with South Korea, announced Nov. 13 that it would be shutting a plant in Cordova, Alabama. The plant, which had been producing ammunition magazines for Zumwalt-class destroyers since 2007, will be shut down by the end of June, with the loss of 20 jobs. – Janes.com

Berg Pipe wins pipeline contract

Steel pipemaker Berg Pipe was awarded another contract for two pipeline projects in the Southeast, adding to the company's backlog. The deal calls for about 625 miles of pipeline to existing natural gas infrastructure. Steel would be shipped from multiple suppliers to Germany firm Europipe Gmbh's two Gulf Coast steel mills. In Mobile, the company owns and operates Berg Spiral Pipe and its sister company Berg Steel Pipe in Panama City, Fla. – AL.com

Chambliss faces state ethics complaint

State Sen. Clyde Chambliss is facing a complaint filed with the State of Alabama Ethics Commission alleging a conflict of interest in actions he took as a Prattville City councilman The Prattville Republican resigned from his post on the city council on Nov. 5, the same day he was sworn in to the Legislature. Prattville resident Jon Lee Finnegan filed the complaint. – Montgomery Advertiser

An old debate: Charm vs. expediency

Travelers heading through southeast Alabama to Florida Panhandle beaches could have a smoother route by the spring unless residents of the Southern mansions that line the last narrow stretch of highway can stop a widening project. In the small town of Eufaula, the fight between Southern charm and traffic congestion has been going on since last spring. – AP/Houston Chronicle

Higher education leaving a debt trail

Alabama parents with children in college or with younger children they're trying to make plans to send to college are painfully familiar with the rising cost of a college education. They are no less painfully familiar with the high amount of debt many students graduate with, debt that makes post-college life harder to manage. – Montgomery Advertiser

Mike Hubbard case not a ‘witch hunt’

The lead prosecutor in the case against House Speaker Mike Hubbard on Tuesday said politics played no role in the decision to indict the powerful Republican on felony ethics charges. Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis issued a statement responding to what he called multiple false statements by Hubbard that the case was politically motivated or the investigation was leak-ridden. Davis, a Republican like Hubbard, said he has no political agendas and the indictment was brought because a grand jury found evidence of criminal activity. – AP/ENewsCourier

Fitch affirms Jeff County GO warrants

Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB-' rating on the following Jefferson County, Alabama (the county) general obligation (GO) warrants: --$93.9 million GO warrants, series 2013. Fitch also affirms the 'BBB' rating on the county's implied unlimited tax general obligation (ULTGO) security. The series 2013 GO Warrants are general obligations of the county supported by its full faith and credit. No legally available revenues, however, are specially pledged for payment. – BusinessWire

Groundbreaking held in Hoover

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for Swagelok Inc. facility to be called Swagelok Alabama. The ceremony marked the start of construction of the 20,000-square-foot facility. Headquartered in Ohio, Swagelok is an international company that provides fluid system solutions and specializes in industrial pipes and valves, tubing and filters. – Shelby County Reporter 

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