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Top News Links: Monday, August 4

Harbert widow richest Alabamian

Marguerite Harbert, with a net worth of $1 billion, is the wealthiest person in Alabama, according to the real estate blog Movoto. Harbert, 92, lives in Mountain Brook and met her husband, John Murdoch Harbert III, in elementary school. They married in 1951. John Harbert won $6,000 playing craps and used that money to found a global construction firm, according to Forbes. He died in 1995. – AL.com

Research money hard to pin down

If you ask someone in Birmingham if the half a billion dollars in federal research spent here each year is important to the local economy, most everyone would say it is. But if you ask them how important, that would be hard for anyone to answer. – AL.com

Decatur farmer a ‘Champion of Change’

Fourth-generation farmer Bill Bridgeforth wakes at 4:30 every morning and goes to bed 30 minutes after he gets home, regardless of what time that might be. When it's harvesting time, his day might not end until 10:30 p.m. The 55-year-old farmer was dubbed an agricultural "Champion of Change" at the White House. – Times Union

Magazine lauds state automotive scene

Business Facilities magazine today ranked Alabama the top state for automotive manufacturing strength, citing accelerated job growth and production gains for Alabama’s auto industry, as well as potential for additional expansion. – Made In Alabama

Income inequality hits here harder

Income inequality is a big and growing problem across the United States, but it's much worse in some places than others. In several Alabama metro areas, income inequality levels rival those of developing world nations like Swaziland, the Philippines, Madagascar, and the Dominican Republic. – City Lab

CPSI misses consensus estimate

Computer Programs & Systems has reported $0.81 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.85 by $0.04, American Banking & Market News reports. The company had revenue of $53.10 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $54.03 million. – AB&MN

Sunken dry dock a tough cookie

A giant sleeps beneath the Mobile River--552-feet-long and 124-feet-wide--its body partially covered in silt. The remains of a rather large dry dock once used by Bender Shipbuilding & Repair has been stuck underwater for seven years. Now an effort is under way to hoist it up; piece by piece if necessary. – AL.com

Tutwiler gets 300 new video cams

A new camera monitoring system is ready to be used at the Tutwiler Prison for Women. The Alabama Department of Corrections reports crews installed more than 300 video surveillance cameras at the facility. Prison staff are now getting training on the legal aspects of camera monitoring. – Alabama’s 13

Fall River completes trials

Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Fall River completed the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship, completing Acceptance Trials (AT) on July 25, in the Gulf of Mexico.  This milestone achievement demonstrated the operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. – News release

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