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Top News Links: Monday, August 18

High court keeps generics ruling

Brand-name drug makers can be held liable for warnings on a generic medication even if it was produced by another company, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday, backing an earlier decision that business leaders viewed as a defeat. The all-Republican court was divided with three justices dissenting. – Insurance Journal

Governor pumped about Beach Express

The opening of a new north-south corridor in Baldwin County should have a big impact on the county's biggest cash cow — tourism, Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday. Bentley said the reason for that is because the Baldwin Beach Express will make it easier for tourists to get to and from the beaches in south Baldwin County. – AL.com

George Will on job recruiting

Alabama, and the Honda-manufacturing states attract good jobs by practicing “entrepreneurial federalism,” tailoring tax and regulatory policies to gain competitive advantages against other states. Progressives deplore this as a “race to the bottom.” Conservatives call it a rationality competition. – New York Post

Corn yields looking plentiful

Last year’s corn crop in northwest Alabama was one of the best ever, but area extension agents and farmers are optimistic this year’s yield will be just as good or better. – Times Daily

Dust off office conversation skills

Most of us spend the greater part of our day communicating electronically – business email, text message, instant message, social media and so on. But inevitably, there comes a time when we have to dust off those conversation skills and make small talk with someone. – AL.com

Timbervest ruling expected this week

An SEC administrative law judge is scheduled to rule this week on whether the agency can revoke institutional timber manager Timbervest LLC's registration and order firm officials to pay more than $15 million in disgorgement payments and interest. Timbervest officials deny any wrongdoing. – Pionline.com

Synovus expands branding campaign

Synovus announced the expansion of its first brand campaign, “the bank of here,” to 16 additional markets across the Southeast, including Augusta, Brunswick, Columbus, and Statesboro, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Jacksonville, Tampa, Fernandina Beach, and Pensacola, Florida; and Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina. – Business Wire

Crowley assists in LCS launch

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ocean class tugboat Ocean Sky and heavy lift barge 455-4, managed by the company’s Houston-based solutions group, provided support to shipbuilder Austal USA during the launch of the newly built U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery recently in Mobile. – News release

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