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Top News Links: Tuesday, Oct. 30

Whistleblowing crew members get cash and criticism

A federal judge awarded half of the $1 million fine paid by Guiseppe Bottiglieri Shipping Co. for discharging oil at sea to the crew members who reported it; company owner says such payment may encourage crew members not to address discharge problems at sea or even to cause them. — Mobile Press-Register/al.com

Forest products market improving

Forestry association leader says pulp and paper market has stabilized and solid wood market is slowly recovering, but rising costs may not allow foresters back into business. — Talladega-St. Clair Daily Home

October auto sales look strong

With auto sales reports due Thursday, automotive publications Edmonds.com and TrueCar.com both predict an 11 percent or higher sales gain. — Birmingham News/al.com

Rail freight market strong

Official with Alabama's Progress Rail Services Corp., which owns Electro-Motive diesel Inc., says market for rail freight is strong and the company has made recent sales in North and South America, Africa, Australia and the Middle East. — Peoria JournalStar

Jefferson County considers sewer rate increase

Jefferson County, bankrupted by sewer repair financing and fraud, is expected to vote today on new rates that would increase income 5.8 percent. — Birmingham Business Journal

Turbines delivered for new LCS at Austal USA

GE Marine has delivered the two LM2500 marine aeroderivative gas turbines that will be used to power the third littoral combat ship under construction at Austal USA in Mobile. — Aerospace & Defense News

UAB offices may be heading to Regions Plaza

The Birmingham Business Journal reports that negotiations are underway between the University of Alabama at Birmingham and West Second Street Associates LLC over space for UAB offices in the vacant building that once housed Regions Financial offices. — Birmingham Business Journal

AEA near top in political role

Conservative group says Alabama Education Association ranks high for its influence on politics, compared to other state teacher organizations. — al.com

Government job cuts major factor in slow recovery

State and local government jobs account for most employment losses in past year. — Center for Business and Economic Research

Attorney honored for helping City of Tarrant

Hand Arendall partner Benjamin S. Goldman was honored by the International Municipal Lawyers Association for his work to help the Birmingham suburb of Tarrant fix problems with blight and trash. — PR Newswire

Intergraph dispatch software wins hot product award

Huntsville-based Intergraph won the top hot products award from APCO International for its computer-aided dispatch software. — PR Newswire

Volkert acquires Florida firm

Mobile-based engineering firm Volkert Inc. has acquired Florida-based Allied Engineering and Testing. — Tampa Bay Business Journal

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