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August 2013

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Top News Links: Friday, Aug. 30

Flashback: How to Do Tough Times

Flashback: How to Do Tough Times

Top News Links: Thursday, Aug. 29

Mastering the Disasters

Mastering the Disasters

Alabama’s electric utilities have developed risk funds and a playbook of best practices for management’s biggest challenge — monster storms.

Top News Links: Wednesday, Aug. 28

Courting a Customer Scorned

Courting a Customer Scorned

Alfa’s cancellation of 70,000 policies after the 2011 tornadoes chaffed a lot of once-loyal customers. A new president now courts former customers to come back home. It can be a tough sell.

Top News Links: Tuesday, Aug. 27

Privatized Judgments

A new law providing for private judges offers a little relief for a backlogged, poorly funded state court system.

Top News Links: Monday, Aug. 26

A Refugee's Self Transformation

A Refugee's Self Transformation

Defense contractor Susan Wu’s journey to Huntsville began with the Japanese invasion of China and a determination to engineer a more secure future.

Top News Links: Friday, Aug. 23

Top News Links: Thursday, Aug. 22

Career Notes, August 2013

Career Notes, August 2013

Lawyer in the Board Room

Lawyer in the Board Room

In-house counsel has become a critical battle station, overseeing a whole landscape of corporate risks. Law managers for some of Alabama’s biggest companies lay out their strategic roles.

Top News Links: Wednesday, Aug. 21

Landmark Restoration for Wynfrey & Galleria

Alabama’s largest mall and sixth largest hotel undergo make-overs totaling more than $80 million.

Top News Links: Tuesday, Aug. 20

Mountain Brook Rallies Round Pig

Mountain Brook Rallies Round Pig

Top News Links: Monday, Aug.19

Auburn Business Gets $40 Million and New Name

Auburn Business Gets $40 Million and New Name

Top News Links: Friday, Aug. 16

Company Kudos, August 2013

Company Kudos, August 2013

A month of achievements in Alabama business

Top News Links: Thursday, Aug. 15

Hot, Emerging Practice Areas

The most in-demand law practice areas are also critical to business — for risk management, human resources and best practices.

Movers & Shapers, August 2013

Movers & Shapers, August 2013

People making a difference in Etowah and St. Clair counties

Top News Links: Wednesday, Aug. 14

The Looming Correction Blues

The Looming Correction Blues

Waiting on “Sugar Daddy” Bernanke to crack the whip, equity investors are fractious, but with no refuge to run to. Six of Alabama’s top market analysts take the investor’s pulse.

Top News Links: Tuesday, August 13

UAB Lands Grant for Nano Diamonds

UAB Lands Grant for Nano Diamonds

Top News Links: Monday, August 12

Top News Links: Friday, August 9

Vulcan Dishes Patriot Pedestal

Vulcan Dishes Patriot Pedestal

ULA’s $1.1 Billion in Rockets for Air Force, Spy Office

ULA’s $1.1 Billion in Rockets for Air Force, Spy Office

Economic Engines

Economic Engines

Spotlight on Etowah & St. Clair Counties

Top News Links: Thursday, August 8

Best Small Employer: ITAC

Best Small Employer: ITAC

Best Companies to Work for in Alabama 2013

Best Mid-Sized Employer: CTS

Best Mid-Sized Employer: CTS

Best Companies to Work for in Alabama 2013

Best Large Employer: Gray Construction

Best Large Employer: Gray Construction

Best Companies to Work for in Alabama 2013

Culture and Recreation

Culture and Recreation

Spotlight on Etowah & St. Clair Counties

Top News Links: Wednesday, August 7

Health Care

Health Care

Spotlight on Etowah & St. Clair Counties

Best Companies to Work for in Alabama 2013

Best Companies to Work for in Alabama 2013

Employees and employers across the state graded their companies on policies and programs. The result is open communications in the workplace.

Higher Education

Higher Education

Spotlight on Etowah & St. Clair Counties

Community Development

Community Development

Spotlight on Etowah & St. Clair Counties

Public Company Performances in 2012

Financial and Non-Financial Companies

Alabama Insider Trades, August 2013

Stock transactions by insiders of Alabama's public companies

CEO Paychecks

What the CEOs of Alabama’s public companies get paid, and how it compares to company performance.

Alabama's Largest Law Firms

Ranked by number of attorneys in Alabama

Top News Links: Tuesday, August 6

Crossword Puzzle, August 2013

Crossword Puzzle, August 2013

Spotlight on Etowah & St. Clair Counties

Spotlight on Etowah & St. Clair Counties

Top News Links: Monday, August 5

Austal’s Three High Speed Benchmarks

Austal’s Three High Speed Benchmarks

Ranks and Ratings

Ranks and Ratings

Top News Links: Friday, August 2

New & Expanding

Top News Links: Thursday, August 1

Boutique Bivalves

Boutique Bivalves

Two south Alabama oyster farmers are cultivating gourmet Gulf gems to compete with the $45-a-dozen, patrician bivalves up north — pitting Point aux Pins and Isle Dauphine against the high-tone Kumamotos, Beausoleils and Wellfleets.

High-Gain Hedge in Hospitals

High-Gain Hedge in Hospitals

Here’s a real estate play that outplayed the real estate recession and scores the highest 12-month return among Alabama public companies.

BP Crawfishes on Spill Settlement

BP Crawfishes on Spill Settlement

Secretary of State Shuffle

Secretary of State Shuffle

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