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UAB Works at Superconductors to Halt Electrical Spills

UAB research aims to end electrical spillage through experimental superconductor materials.

Flashback: Balky Bellefonte

The towers of the Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant, in the foothills north of Scottsboro, could nearly qualify as a historic landmark — as one of the longest running construction projects in the U.S.

Untreated Overflow

In affluent and poor communities alike, untreated sewage overflows into streams as many as 30 times a day across Alabama. Improvements to wastewater utilities usually only follow a problem, including a trip to the hospital after a summer swim.

Flashback: Gulf Drilling Vigorous after Disaster

Drilling activity hardly blinked at the environmental disaster of the BP spill. After a modest 18-month decline in Gulf production, there began a steady rise that has continued through 2018.

Energen Corp. Bought for a Premium, $9.2 Billion

Diamondback Energy Inc., based in Midland, Texas, on August 14 agreed to buy Energen Corp. for $9.2 billion.

Pumping Oil, Fighting Raiders

Energen Corp. is feasting on a chunk of assets that could surpass Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar Field as the largest oil field in the world. The company also is being circled by some hungry activist investors.

Petroleum Company Discovers Liquidity in U.K.

Fast growing Diversified Gas & Oil pulls its petroleum from venerable fields in Appalachia and went public a year ago on a London exchange.

Black Gold

More than six decades of oil and gas production in Alabama extends from Huntsville to the Gulf of Mexico.

Coconut Purveyor Marx Brothers Goes Solar

Marx Brothers Inc., a Birmingham company that imports and distributes coconut products, recently installed a rooftop solar system that can generate 35 percent of the company’s annual energy requirements.

State Water Plan Stalled

ABOVE Roy McCauley, of the Alabama Pulp and Paper Council, worries that a state water plan might put an unnecessary layer...

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Flashback: Crazy Rich Asians

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Spotlight on Cullman County

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Opelika Ponders, Plumbs, Presents Itself

Residents of Opelika eagerly dove into a citywide charrette called DesignPlace. One result morphed from sticky notes, through local history, into a logo with locomotion.

Meet the New Inductees to the Alabama Business Hall of Fame

Since 1973, the Alabama Business Hall of Fame has honored business professionals who have brought lasting acclaim or recognition to the state. This year, seven Alabama business professionals will be recognized as the latest members of the Alabama Business Hall of Fame at a celebration Nov. 15 in Birmingham.