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Top News Links: Thursday, August 8

36 private schools join state transfer program

With just a little over a week to go before schools open, 36 private schools have opted to accept transfers from "failing" public schools, some of which have that failing designation even though they meet state standards. — Businessweek/al.com

State issues bonds for industry incentives, refinances older bonds

State officials have accepted low bids to refinance $139.6 million in old bonds at lower interest rates and to issue  $33 million more to cover incentives promised for an aircraft parts plant in Dothan, for a training facility at Airbus and for the Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tubing plant near Thomasville, the Associated Press reports. — al.com

Buyers found for several Belle Foods stores

Belle Foods has found buyers for seven of the 13 grocery stores it planned to close as part of its bankruptcy filing, including former Food World stores in Mobile and Decatur. — Birmingham News

Opelika auto supplier to expand

HanWha L&C Alabama has announced plans to expand the Opelika plant where it makes bumper elements for Hyundai and Kia, investing $9 million and adding about 45 jobs. — Opelika-Auburn News

Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery all cited as great for computer programmers

A new listing by website ValuePenguin ranks Huntsville second in the South as a great location for computer programmers with good pay, strong demand and low cost of living; Birmingham-Hoover and Montgomery also made the list. — Huntsville Times

HealthSouth opts for Australian-made nurse communication system

Australian tech firm Austco Marketing and Services has announced a major contract to provide its NurseCall hospital communication system in HealthSouth's rehab hospitals throughout the U.S., a deal valued at $20 million. — CRN Australia

Diatherix acquires diagnostic testing patent

After a long-term agreement with diagnostic test maker Qiagen to use its patented testing products, Huntsville's Diatherix has acquired the patent for Qiagen's Tem-PCR, which facilitates quick turn-around test results. — Diatherix PR

Navy contract for AEgis Technologies

Huntsville's AEgis Technologies has been awarded an $8.9 million contract for moving target simulators at Marine facilities in California and North Carolina. — Huntsville Times

Hyundai official visits Smart Alabama

Hyundai vice chairman Chung Eui-sun dropping in for a visit at supplier Smart Alabama's plant in Greenville. — Greenville Advocate

Talks fail in Drummond Colombia strike

Drummond officials and union representatives failed to reach a contract agreement in talks this week as a strike continues into its second week. — Reuters

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