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Top News Links: Wednesday, Aug. 20

Cover blown on Algae Systems

Now we know: A low-profile, 5-year-old startup in Daphne called Algae Systems has been working on growing algae in big plastic bags floating in Mobile Bay using waste water. This was originally a NASA concept. Algae Systems can sell the harvested algae to make diesel and jet fuel, and the waste water is cleaned. Click here to read our coverage of this project from our September 2013 issue. – Gigaom.com

Is the world ready for Vodquila?

Alabama business owner Chander Arora and his family are introducing the world to Vodquila, a mix of vodka and tequila. It won an award at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. – NPR

Wind company blows out of town

Groups opposed to a proposed wind farm project in Cherokee and Etowah counties say the company behind the development has informed them that it will not be building a wind farm in Alabama. – AL.com

Baxter expanding in Opelika

Baxter International Inc. announced today that it plans to expand its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Opelika to help address the growing global demand for dialyzers, a critical component used in hemodialysis therapy. – BusinessWire

Trucking firm adds 100 jobs

Schneider, one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers, is immediately hiring 100 professional truck drivers in the Birmingham-McCalla-Bessemer area and its surrounding suburbs to meet a wide variety of growing business needs. Many of the positions are within the company’s Dedicated division. – BusinessWire

State’s unemployment rate stubborn

For the second month, Alabama is the only state with an unemployment rate higher than a year ago. The bad economic news comes as Gov. Robert Bentley seeks a second term after being elected in 2010 on a job creation platform. – AP

Sportscaster featured at meeting

The Birmingham Business Alliance’s Hispanic Business Council will play host to Roberto Clemente Jr. at its annual luncheon on September 12 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex East Ballroom. – News release

B’ham board to deal properties

The Birmingham authority created to handle the distribution of thousands of abandoned and blighted properties will finally be complete this morning after final seats are filled. – AL.com

Humvee Fever: get it

Law enforcement agencies in Mobile and Baldwin counties have received military equipment from a free Pentagon surplus program, but some agencies find the items get in the way or cost too much to maintain, while others find certain equipment useful. – AL.com

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