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Top News Links: Wednesday, Oct. 10

No BAE-EADS merger

European aerospace and defense giants, both with operations in Mobile, called off merger talks as governments involved balked; both firms have a mix of public and private ownership. — BBC News

German paper lists five potential buyers for ThyssenKrupp mills

The German newspaper Die Welt says there are five potential buyers for new ThyssenKrupp steel mills in Alabama and Brazil, without explaining its sources; four named are Korean POSCO, Japanese JFE Steel, Arcelor Mittal of Luxembourg and Brazilian Vale. — Reuters

Fill 'er up in Alabama

Gasoline prices in Alabama are third lowest in the nation, according to a survey by 24/7 Wall Street. — Birmingham Business Journal

Regions preparing for cyber attack

Coordinated attacks on websites of major U.S. banks continued today with Capital One experiencing a slowdown; Regions says it has been warned of attack on Oct. 11 and is working to protect customer data. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Trustmark, BancTrust merger delayed

Trustmark and BancTrust have delayed the closing date for their proposed merger to allow for regulatory approvals. — Businesswire/Trustmark

Jefferson considers sewer rate increase

Facing bankruptcy caused by staggering sewer improvement costs and fraud, Jefferson County officials met this week to consider a rate increase for sewer service customers. — al.com 

Adtran reports third quarters sales drop

Huntsville's Adtran, which makes networking and communications equipment, saw a sharp drop in sales but beat analysts' earnings projections. — Nasdaq

NASA rocket contract for ATK

Huntsville's ATK has been chosen for a $50 million contract to help develop heavy rockets for the Space Launch System; electronic thrust vector control system work will be performed at ATK's Huntsville facility. — al.com 

UAB researchers report improved glaucoma results

Cornea tissue may provide a better solution for preventing infections after glaucoma surgery than present methods, according to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who reported their studies in the Journal of Glaucoma. — UAB News

Serina Therapeutics works for better Parkinson's treatment

Huntsville's Serina Therapeutics is working toward development of a once-a-week Parkinson's treatment that could alleviate some problems with current therapies; hope to reach clinical trials next year. — MedCity News

Motus gets backing from GE Capital

GE Capital has agreed to provide financial backing to help Birmingham's Motus Motorcycles expand dealer inventory. — Motus PR

Troy to offer community and economic developer training in Montgomery

Troy University's Montgomery campus will be the site of a new Southeast Community Development Institute, offering certification for individuals working in community and economic development. — Troy PR

Calera teacher wins national honor from People

Calera High School teacher Brian Copes is one of five in the nation honored by People Magazine as a teacher of the year. — Businesswire

Regions adds auto buying tools to website

Regions Bank has added a new Auto Center to its website, offering customers tools to shop for and finance cars. — Businesswire/Regions

Apartment complex sold

The 468-unit Belmont Apartments in Montgomery have been sold to Cresoff-Belmont LLC for $18 million, in a deal brokered by Hendricks & Partners of Birmingham. — Hendricks & Partners PR

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