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Top News Links: Tuesday, Oct. 15

New plant will bring 100 jobs to Lawrence County

Gov. Robert Bentley announced that IT-TRI LLC plans to build a new steel tubing and pipe manufacturing plant in Lawrence County, creating approximately 100 jobs in the area before the year 2016. — Florence Times-Daily

Country Living headed to Birmingham

Country Living magazine, a New York-based Hearst publication, will relocate its editorial operations to Birmingham in an effort to be closer to the "country lifestyle." — al.com

PSC candidate enlists help from former Mississippi governor

Republican Chip Beeker, a candidate for Alabama's utility regulatory board, has lined up a fundraiser with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in an attempt to unseat Republican incumbent Terry Dunn from the Public Service Commission. — Y'all Politics

Torch Technologies awarded contract by Air Force

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Huntsville-based Torch Technologies a software and systems engineering support contract for its Gulf Range Drone Control System.— al.com

Investor purchases large acreage outside Birmingham

An unidentified investor is in the process of purchasing 73,000 acres of timberland to the north, east and west of Birmingham. — al.com

Technip awarded contract for project in the Gulf of Mexico

Technip has been awarded a contract for the development of the Delta House field located in the Mississippi Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico. The infield flowlines and risers will be welded at the group's spoolbase in Mobile. — Broadway World

Sprouts supermarket chain coming to Alabama

Sprouts, an Arizona-based specialty supermarket chain, is slated to be part of a shopping center planned at the intersection of Interstate 49 and John Hawkins Parkway in Hoover. This location would be the company's first in Alabama. — al.com

The case against Russian rocket reliance

The Atlas V, though built in Alabama by United Launch Alliance, is powered by an RD-180 engine built by Russia's NPO Energomash. While recent threats about a ban on RD-180 exports appear empty, some in the U.S. would like to develop a domestic alternative to the Russian engine. — The Space Review

Trussville creates master plan for downtown revival

The Trussville Planning and Zoning Board has adopted a new downtown master plan, a vision that includes a walkable area lined by shops, restaurants and ample parking. — al.com

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