Morning Links: 8 August 2007

Petra Capital helps put $10 mil in St.Louis company, Thompson taps former Reagan strategist to lead campaign, Brookdale narrows 2nd quarter loss, HealthSpring's McNamara to join Tyson Foods board, WE'VE BEEN SCOOPED! and more...

Local investment group Petra Capital joins with Mass.-based private equity firm to make a $10 million investment to support the marriage of two companies — the combined company, to be based in St.Louis and dubbed Mycroft Talisen, will provide identity and access management along with similar IT solutions.

Thompson taps former Reagan strategist Bill Lacy to lead his anticipated presidential campaign.

Chicago-based Brookdale Senior Living, which bought Nashville’s American Retirement last year, and maintains a local presence turns in a loss of 18 cents per share in the 2nd quarter of ’07, narrower than the net loss of 31 cents it turned in last year.

National Healthcare Corp.’s net income climbs 14.8 percent to 95 cents per share in 2nd quarter, from 84 cents in ‘06.

10-Q filed by Symbion.

HealthSpring CFO Kevin McNamara joins the board of Tyson Foods.

We’ve been scooped! And on an in-house wedding announcement no less — wants to offer congratulations to our very own Ken Whitehouse, who ties the knot this weekend, and to wish him and his new bride all the best.

And finally, for those of you just itching to build a time machine, we have good news: the DeLorean, the car made famous in the Back to the Future movies, is going back into production… sort of