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Top News Links: Tuesday, Aug. 20

Southern Poverty Law Center challenges new school law

Filing on behalf of several Black Belt students who can't afford private schools even with tuition tax credits and who have no private school options anyway, the Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a legal challenge to the new Alabama Accountability Act. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

AEA says new school law will cost schools

Teacher group predicts $1 million price tag for compliance with Alabama Accountability Act in Calhoun County alone. — Anniston Star

Parent sues Troy schools over re-segregation

In a lawsuit filed against the Troy city schools, a parent claims that a program allowing parents to pick teachers and classmates is disguising a move to re-segregate schools, noting that the program has led to more than more all-African American classes. — Courthouse News

Major cyber security initiative taps key defense contractors

A new Department of Homeland Security contract picked 17 companies, many with offices in Huntsville, for work under a $6 billion cyber security initiative. — Huntsville Times

Kratos selected for Stratolaunch team

California defense contractor Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. has been picked as a contractor on the private Stratolaunch initiative to develop an air launch system for rockets; Stratolaunch is based in Huntsville. — Globe Newswire

Japan leads international employers in Alabama

More Alabama workers are employed by Japanese companies than those based in any other nation, Business Roundtable reports; Germany places second and the United Kingdom third. — Birmingham News

Nacelle maker adds second shift in Opp

MFG Alabama, which makes fiberglass nacelles for windmills, has added a second shift at its Opp plant, adding abut 60 workers and doubling its capacity. — Mobile Press-Register

Brookley issues bonds for Airbus construction

Using Airbus credit as security, Mobile Airport Authority is issuing $260 million in bonds for construction of the Airbus final assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile; the bonds are to be repaid with Airbus lease payments.. — Mobile Press-Register

Vitamin maker expanding in Opelika

Pharmavite, which opened this summer, has announced a $16 million expansion, with plans to hire 17 more employees. — City of Opelika PR

Keane named CEO at Correlated Magnetics Research

Andy Keane, who has participated in several Silicon Valley start up businesses, has been chosen as CEO of Correlated Magnetics Research in Huntsville, which is working with programmable magnets. — Correlated Magnetics Research

California REIT buys into Alabama apartments

Steadfast Income real estate investment trust has made its first move into Alabama, investing $32 million for Birmingham's 223-unit Tapestry Park apartments. — Globe Street

Legal skirmishes continue in Drummond action

Attorney who sued Drummond over human rights violations is now fighting a third-round of subpoenas in the Birmingham-based company's countersuit for defamation. — Legal Times

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