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Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 12

Land for sale in Airbus' neighborhood

Mobile's Lathan Co. has announced plans to auction 313 acres within a mile of Brookley Aeroplex, home to recently announced Airbus plant; auction set for Sept. 27. — Mobile Press-Register

Siegelman reports to prison

Former Gov. Don Siegelman reported to federal prison yesterday but said he hopes that he will eventually be pardoned by President Obama. — Athens News Courier

Decatur rocket aims for space tomorrow

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V, built in Decatur, is slated to take off for space tomorrow from Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying some classified and some scientific missions. — Decatur Daily

Moody's downgrade could affect Alabama municipalities

Moody's move to down grade the AAA credit rating of the United States government, warned by the rating service this week, could affect municipalities in Alabama and other states with heavy concentrations of federal workers. — Reuters

Huntsman expanding in McIntosh

Huntsman Chemical has announced plans to expand its McIntosh plant, doubling its capacity to make specialty resins used in high-tech enterprises. — Red Orbit

Cutbacks rather than closure

American Power Source Inc., which last week announced plans to close its Alabama and Mississippi plants after losing a contract to the federal prison system, has changed its plans and will now layoff 50 of about 260 workers but keep plants open. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Troy plugs into new power source

Unhappy with rates offered by Alabama Power Company, Troy has opted to gets its power from Constellation Energy, keeping rates firm for five years. — Troy Messenger

Securities fraud arrest

A Southside man who operated G&G Financial Services has been charged with securities fraud for a scheme in which he obtained money from investors, promising to put it into foreign currency markets, then claimed, when investors wanted their funds, that money had been stolen. — Loan Safe

Golden arrows fly at new archery park

Local officials toed the mark and let fly golden arrows as they opened a new archery park in Lincoln. — Talladega St. Clair Daily Home

Jefferson County searching for schools chief

Jefferson County considering five candidates for superintendent, including a Lee County superintendent and a state education official. — Opelika-Auburn News

Tops up at Auburn rec center

Birmingham contractor Robins & Morton celebrated the "topping out" of the new recreation and wellness center at Auburn University, marking the installation of the highest steel beam. — Robins & Morton PR

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