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Top News Links: Friday, August 2

Business owners requesting "no guns" stickers, sheriff reports

Montgomery County sheriff says he's ordered 3,000 "no guns" stickers after receiving requests from hundreds of business owners concerned about a new law that allows workers to bring loaded weapons to work, as long as they stay locked in cars; editorial blasts new law. — al.com/Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama Shakes ranks 16 on Rolling Stone's "now" list

Muscle Shoals-rooted group Alabama Shakes ranks at Number 16 on Rolling Stone's list of the best live shows now, just below Paul McCartney; the magazine describes Brittney Howard as "a force of nature." — Rolling Stone

Stock offering announced by BioCryst

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc., headquartered in North Carolina but with a major presence in Birmingham,  announced plans to offer up to $20 million in common stock. — Wall Street Journal

Rebates owed to health insurance policy holders

A provision of the new Affordable Health Care Act that seeks to cut the percentage of health care premiums going to insurance company overhead will result in slightly more than $314,000 in rebates to 1,400 people in Alabama who have health insurance with Time Insurance Co. or Mega Life and Health Insurance Co. — Huntsville Times

Newman Technology opens in Albertville

Newman Technology of Alabama, which makes door and exhaust components for Honda, opened this week in Albertville. — Gadsden Times

Alabama-made Honda sales up

Year-over-year sales of Alabama-made Honda vehicles all jumped in July, with a 10 percent gain of the Odyssey, a 32 percent gain for the Pilot and a 67 percent gain for the Ridgeline pickup. — Anniston Star

Hyundai adds group to oversee overseas productions

Hyundai has added a new division in its Korean headquarters to supervise production at its 15 Hyundai and Kia plants in eight countries outside Korea, including one in Montgomery. — Just-Auto.com

Steel City Recycling acquires SMM

Newcomer metal recycler Steel City Recycling, based in Birmingham, has acquired  an auto shredder in Birmingham and a metal scrapyard in Mississippi from Sims Metal Management. — Recycling Today

Green power for BBVA Compass in Texas

BBVA Compass has announced a contract to purchase wind and solar power for its Texas branches from Houston-based Choice! Energy Services. — BBVA Compass PR

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