Top News Links: Monday, January 7

B.L. Harbert wins Indonesia embassy contract

Birmingham's B.L. Harbert International has been awarded a $292 million design-build contract for a new U.S. embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. — Harbert PR

Brewpub opens in Fairhope

Patrons lined up to welcome Fairhope Brewing Co. Sunday; it's the first microbrewery south of Montgomery. — Mobile Press-Register

Russell Brands announced upcoming layoffs

Clothing maker Russell Brands has announced it will lay off 190 employees in March, says Alexander City Mayor Charles Shaw. —

McMillan offers job to another former rival

Agriculture commissioner John McMillan has asked personnel board permission to hire former rival Dale Peterson as “confidential assistant, ” a new position, at a $72, 686 salary; McMillan hired another former rival as assistant commissioner last year. — Moulton Advertiser

Environmental expert questions high-risk rebuilds

Spending federal funds to rebuild may not be best use of tax funds, environmental expert says, citing Dauphin Island as example. — Yale Environment 360

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New leadership named for retail group

The Alabama Retail Association has chosen new officers and board members for 2012; Dianne Wammack, who owns a camera shop in Vestavia Hills, continues as president. — Birmingham News

Chinese medicine school bids again for golf property

Guizhou Shengi ethnic Chinese medicine school has asked again to purchase a city-owned former golf course property; earlier efforts were rebuffed by Florence city council members who objected to selling city land to a Chinese national. — Quad Cities Daily

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