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Lauderdale and Colbert counties in northwest Alabama are known as The Shoals — where the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia are nestled along the beautiful Tennessee River.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Apple’s Tim Cook: ‘Proud to be gay’

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. – AP/Myrtle Beach Online  

NASA: Don’t jump to conclusions

NASA officials and other space experts attending a space conference in Huntsville urged the news media Wednesday not to jump to the conclusion that failure of aging Russian rocket engines caused Tuesday night's explosion of an Orbital Sciences Antares rocket bound for the International Space Station. – AL.com

Numbers abound, but poverty rate up

Jobs and employment have been a key point in this year’s gubernatorial contest. Incumbent and Republican Gov. Robert Bentley highlights the jobs created the past four years and a decreased unemployment rate. Democratic challenger Parker Griffith points to the jobs lost. But another set of figures — the percentage of Alabamians living in poverty — are just as significant, advocates for the poor say. It’s a number that has increased in recent years. – Decatur Daily

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Gathering Momentum

Gathering Momentum

The retreat gatherings of Leadership Alabama — the state’s premier community leadership initiative — have been the center of many hard-won advances since 1990. Seven graduates share their insights.

Mountain Brook Legacy Transformed

Mountain Brook Legacy Transformed

A legacy chunk of real estate in the heart of Mountain Brook is transformed into a master planned development. Heirs of a landmark real estate developer take no risks on leaving oversight to anyone else.

The Nuts and Bolts of High Flying

The Nuts and Bolts of High Flying

Making Alabama one of the strongest aerospace centers in the U.S. is a cluster of more than 300 aero supplier companies specializing in everything from nuts and bolts to the WiFi on your next commercial flight.

Upstarts Grown Up

Upstarts Grown Up

Check up on five promising, fledgling companies we introduced to you in the last decade.

Talladega Tailored to a Fast Changing Market

Talladega Tailored to a Fast Changing Market

Talladega Superspeedway maneuvers economic recession and high-def TV, and spends $13.5 million tailoring the track to a 25 percent drop in NASCAR attendance.

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Battle Tested Camp Gear

Battle Tested Camp Gear

Founded by a WWII vet, MMI Outdoor designs camp gear for U.S. soldiers and a growing market of recreational campers eager to tap the best in military gear.

EPA Cracks Down on Coal

EPA Cracks Down on Coal

Like a 10 pound hammer, the impact of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will be on Alabama’s economy, cry utility companies and Alabama pols.

Port as State Economic Plan

Port as State Economic Plan

The capital plan of the Alabama State Port is an economic game plan — accommodating new industries like Airbus and ThyssenKrupp and anticipating emerging enterprises like roll-on/roll-off automotive service through an expanded Panama Canal.

Returning U.S. to Deep Space

Returning U.S. to Deep Space

Huntsville native Virginia Barnes heads Boeing’s contract to build for NASA the world’s largest rocket system — the heavy-lift launch vehicle that will take U.S. astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars.

Spotlight on Lauderdale and Colbert Counties

Spotlight on Lauderdale and Colbert Counties

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