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Top News Links: Monday, April 4

TVA continues flirtation with solar power

The Tennessee Valley Authority has approved proposals for new solar power installations by four local power companies in three states. Once completed, the projects will produce 16.7 megawatts of solar energy, enough to power more than 1,300 homes. Involved are the Chickasaw Electric Cooperative and Johnson City Power Board in Tennessee, the East Mississippi Electric Power Association and the Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corporation in Alabama. – Times Free Press

Renasant, KeyWorth complete merger, $8.3B in assets

Renasant Corp. on Friday announced that it has completed its merger with KeyWorth Bank , headquartered in Johns Creek, Georgia. The combined company now has approximately $8.3 billion in total assets with 178 banking, mortgage, wealth management, investment and insurance offices throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. – News release

Navy orders 11th LCS from Austal

The U.S. Navy has ordered an 11th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) from Austal’s shipbuilding yard in Mobile. The order is an expansion of the original 10-vessel, $3.5 billion LCS program awarded to Austal in 2010. Funding for the new “LCS 26” has been confirmed by the Navy as not to exceed the congressional cost cap of $564 million, increasing Austal’s order book to about $3 billion. – Yahoo News

Entrepreneur proud of her Huntsville roots

Amanda Latifi is the daughter of an immigrant father who came to the U.S. from Iran to pursue a life and dream. The Huntsville native doesn't think her success as a brand strategist turned app developer in Los Angeles is an accident. – AL.com

New Horizons spacecraft set for new adventure

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has successfully performed the last in a series of four targeting maneuvers that set it on course for a January 2019 encounter with 2014 MU69. This ancient body in the Kuiper Belt is more than a billion miles beyond Pluto; New Horizons will explore it if NASA approves an extended mission. New Horizons is managed Marshall Space Flight Center. – Albany Daily Star

Hancock Fabrics going bankrupt, closing all 185 stores

Hancock Fabrics is closing all of its stores after filing for bankruptcy in February. The fabric and craft retailer launched a going out of business sale today at all 185 remaining stores. The deals will last several weeks until all merchandise is sold. – AL.com

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