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Top News Links: Monday, Oct. 29

Autauga cotton farmers take on ag giants

Cotton co-op from Autauga County appeals for help from Memphis Cotton Exchange, saying ag giants like Cargill acted imprudently, costing farmers millions. — Wall Street Journal

LIBOR rate litigation costly to banks

Forbes examines LIBOR rate fallout, says it will cut into bank profits for years. — Forbes

ThyssenKrupp reportedly asks for new bids on Alabama, Brazil mills

Hoping to recoup more for its new steel mills in the Americas, ThyssenKrupp has reportedly asked for new bids from potential buyers. — Bloomberg Businessweek

BP trial delayed till late February

Federal judge delays start of BP trial to avoid Superbowl and Mardi Gras, but holds fast to deadlines for claims and preliminary arguments. — Huffington Post

German precision metal-working company to open in Auburn

Wuerz Precision Technologies, a division of the Germany-based WÜRZ-Group, announced plans for a new plant in Auburn that will employ 10 to 12 people; company does work for aerospace, automotive and other industries. — Opelika-Auburn News

Lockheed Martin wins $415 million contract for aircraft parts

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $415 million military contract to provide aircraft spares for various aircraft; portions of the work will be performed in Alabama. — GovCon Wire

Photo ID rule could limit senior voting

Nursing home residents among those who could be disenfranchised by photo ID rules, officials say. — Anniston Star

New CEO at American Pipe & Supply

John Howe has joined Birmingham-based American Pipe & Supply as CEO, moving to the pipe, fitting and valve supplier from Staples North American Delivery Division. — APS PR

Sweet potatoes salvaged for food banks

Some 42,000 pounds of sweet potatoes, collected from Auburn area farmers, were mounded in an Auburn parking lot Saturday, then bagged by Auburn University students for use at area food banks and shelters. — Auburn Plainsman

Anniston Publix opening delayed

The new Publix supermarket in Anniston, slated to open this fall, will now open in winter, store officials say. — Anniston Star

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