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Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 6

Feds accuse BP of gross negligence

The Department of Justice has filed documents in federal court  accusing BP of "gross negligence and willful misconduct" leading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. — GovExec.com

Birmingham balks at Reed Mine proposal

Birmingham's city council has passed a resolution asking the state's surface mining commission to deny permits for a proposed 506-acre strip mine along Mulberry Fork of  the Black Warrior. — Birmingham News

Apparel workers lose jobs to prisoners

American Power Source in Fayette and its sister company in Mississippi have closed, saying they have been put out of business by federal program that gives military uniform contracts to federal prisoners. — Tuscaloosa News

HudsonAlpha scientists partners in major DNA research breakthrough

Scientists at Huntsville's HudsonAlpha institute, which specializes in human genome research, were partners in the major announcement this week of key role played by portions of DNA once thought to be irrelevant. — Huntsville Times

Whistleblower suit brings $1.8 million settlement

Mississippi-based Pinnacle Medical Supply to repay $1.8 million in settlement of a Birmingham case charging it with bilking government insurance plans; whistleblowers eligible for portion of settlement. — Birmingham News

Remnants of spill wash up on beaches

Hurricane Isaac brought oil and tar balls to Gulf Coast beaches last week, prompting closure of one Louisiana beach. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Storm uncovers shipwreck on beach

Remains of lumber ship The Rachel uncovered by Hurricane Isaac on Baldwin County beach. — ABC News

McWane buys into Synapse

Birmingham iron pipe maker branches out into high tech, acquiring Huntsville-based Synapse Wireless. — Huntsville Times

Royalties repayment demand provokes lawsuit

Alabama and Louisiana have filed suit against federal agencies who claim the two states were overpaid royalties from offshore drilling and must repay the money — $7.5 million in Alabama's case. — Birmingham News

German mower maker moves to Dothan

Breilmaier Motor Mower, a German company, has announced plans for a U.S. headquarters in Pinckard. — Dothan Eagle

Birmingham's OneDomain acquired

OneDomain, a Birmingham-based software company that provides services to broadcast outlets, has been acquired by Wide Orbit Inc., which provides advertising management software to broadcasters. — Broadcasting & Cable

New business builder to open

Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce, university team to create business incubator for West Alabama. — City of Tuscaloosa

Carpenter Technologies plans China plant

Pennsylvania firm that recently started work on $500 million plant in north Alabama has announced plans for an additional new plant in China. — Zacks

Was I covered?

Reflecting on insurance in wake of Hurricane Isaac. — The Augusta Chronicle

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