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Top News Links: Thursday, Aug. 18

New Inc. fast-growth listing sports 55 Alabama companies

Fifty-five companies across Alabama are celebrating a major milestone after the release of Inc. Magazine's annual Inc. 5000 ranking. To be named one of America's 2016 fastest-growing businesses, each company had to be privately held, for-profit and independent without subsidiaries or divisions of other companies and have minimum revenue of $100,000 in 2012 and $2 million in 2015. – AL.com

Opinion: Trying to sort out gambling proposals

While denouncing gambling – except for the Indian type which has (indirectly) funded his campaigns – Attorney General Luther Strange in a statement endorsed a proposal from Gov. Robert Bentley that would allow only a lottery in the state. He also said a bill written by state Sen. Jim McLendon, which allows for a lottery, electronic lottery terminals at the state’s four dog tracks and a compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, would go too far. – Montgomery Advertiser

Gaming company Curse to be under Amazon

Curse will soon be under ownership by a subsidiary of Amazon.com. The Huntsville-based gaming information company is in the process of finalizing an acquisition agreement with Twitch, a California social video platform and community for gamers. Twitch, which Amazon purchased in 2014 for $970 million, announced the changes Tuesday afternoon in a news release. – AL.com

Some Continental Motors jobs may move to Alabama

Continental Motors Group, an AVIC International Holding Corp. company, announced Wednesday it will consolidate all manufacturing operations into its advanced manufacturing centers located in Mobile and Germany.  The manufacture of CMG’s line of OEM quality FAA approved parts for Lycoming engines, as well as the full line of Titan Experimental and Certified engines currently produced in CMG’s San Antonio, Texas facility will be transferred. – News release

Birmingham Innovation Week kicks off tomorrow

The third annual Birmingham Innovation Week is associated with tech and entrepreneurship, but this year's celebration explores everything from virtual reality to Zika virus. Innovation Week is an annual event to showcase and celebrate Birmingham's growing body of innovators, tech professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors. It kicks off Friday and goes through Sunday, Aug. 28. – AL.com

Huntsville firm using virtual reality to win customers

One Huntsville company argues people are more likely to learn when they are actively engaged with its product or service, which is why it is turning to virtual reality to win over customers. Intuitive Research and Technology is displaying its HTC Vive at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. – WAAY

Wal-Mart’s out-of-control crime problem drives police crazy

Last year police were called to four Wal-Marts in Tulsa, Oklahoma, just under 2,000 times. By comparison, they were called to the city’s single Target store 44 times. Police departments nationwide are starting to resent how much of their resources are spent dealing with “customers” at the world’s top retailer. – Bloomberg

Flooded Louisiana dealerships number up to 80

Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association President Will Green said the 60 to 80 dealerships in flooded areas are primarily working through staff shortages because of employees who can’t physically make it to the store or are dealing with the loss of their own homes or vehicles. – Automotive News

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