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Noted as one of the best small towns in America, Andalusia boasts an impressive city hall that began life as a school in 1914 and was transformed into a city hall in 2002-2003. Photo courtesy of the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Alabama Confidence Index hits 2-year high

The Alabama Business Confidence Index moved up 4.4 points to 55.6 on the second quarter 2014 outlook, its highest level of the last two years.  An index number over 50 indicates positive expectations. – University of Alabama

State unemployment rate edges up in March

The state Department of Labor says Alabama's March unemployment rate is 6.7 percent, which is three-tenths of a percent higher than the February rate. It's also above the March 2013 rate of 6.6 percent. But the number of people in the labor force also grew by more than 14,000 people. – Alabama Department of Labor

Calpine sale includes two state power plants

Calpine Corp. of Houston announced Friday that it has agreed to sell six power plants in its Southeast region to LS Power for $1.57 billion. Calpine assets changing hands in Alabama include Hog Bayou Energy Center in Mobile and Decatur Energy Center in Decatur. – BusinessWire

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Recruiting Top Scholars

Recruiting Top Scholars

Luring the most desirable high school achievers boosts the schools’ images and curricular environments. But the goal is to retain the students in Alabama long after they leave campus.

Bo's Business

Bo's Business

Bo Jackson’s first business ventures are in suburban Chicago, where his sports career landed him, but now he’s considering a move back to Alabama.

Student Housing’s Lux 10 Percent

Student Housing’s Lux 10 Percent

Real estate investors are plunging into the high tide of college enrollments, and they build luxury for the top 10 percent. Here’s what’s going up in Tuscaloosa and Auburn for the most affluent — or lavishly indebted — scholars.

Good to Know

Good to Know

Six of Alabama’s foremost women attorneys offer key insights from their business practice areas.

Tackling the Beast and Crafting Yachts

Tackling the Beast and Crafting Yachts

A $12,000 loan in 1959 helped a ship fixer stake a big corner of Gulf diesel work. “Wild and wooly” ventures have since yielded one of the largest yacht companies on the Gulf Coast.

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Crime Watch Accounting

Crime Watch Accounting

A Birmingham firm has locked onto the compelling, crime watch side of accounting. Forensic Strategic Solutions sleuths out fraud — detecting deceit in business valuations, fishing hard drives to snag dumped data.

Born to Build Guitars

Born to Build Guitars

Master guitar craftsman Roger Fritz revives a brand, Kay Guitars, and continues his custom work for a lineage of master musicians that has included Roy Buchanan and George Harrison.

Spotlight on Covington, Butler, Crenshaw & Lowndes Counties

Spotlight on Covington, Butler, Crenshaw & Lowndes Counties

Giant Roars to Full Blast

Giant Roars to Full Blast

After hibernating the recession, Alabama’s sleeping giant — a $4 billion industrial recruit trumpeted in 2007 — has slowly roared to life.

Flashback: Resort Revenue Nightmare

Flashback: Resort Revenue Nightmare

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