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Top News Links: Friday, Dec. 21

Fly Me to the Moon

Moon Express Inc. has teamed with Dynetics and its multi-firm Rocket City Space Pioneers to pursue Google's $30 million Lunar X Prize; Tim Pickens will continue as chief propulsion engineer for the team. — Moon Express/Dynetics PR

Austal tapped for tenth JHSV

Austal has been awarded the contract for the tenth joint high speed vessel, the last under a $1.6 billion contract; JHSV to be built in Mobile. — West Australian

Glasforms being acquired by PolyOne

Birmingham-based Glasforms Inc., which makes advanced composite materials for telecommunications, defense and other high-tech applications, is being acquired by  PolyOne; Birmingham plant to continue operations. — PR Newswire

Alabama bank lending rate drops

Banks in Alabama are lending less money compared to their size, federal statistics show, partly to improve balance sheets, partly because businesses aren't borrowing. — al.com 

Got kids? Try Pelham

Bloomberg Businessweek has picked Pelham as the best place in Alabama to raise kids, due to schools, safety, cost of living and more. — Shelby County Reporter

Capella sells Jacksonville hospital

Tennessee-based Capella has sold its last hospital in Alabama, the Jacksonville Medical Center, citing Alabama's poor Medicare reimbursement levels. — Tennessean

Colonial Properties buys, sells apartment complexes

Colonial Properties Trust, based in Birmingham, has sold four apartment complexes that averaged 31 years old for $95 million and acquired two, both in Texas, that are about 7 years old for $67 million. — Daily Finance

Credit unions see record year

Credit union membership in Alabama has reached 1.83 million, a new record for the industry. — al.com 

Sign on

Even though the board of Alabama Public Television let long-time CEO Allan Pizzato go last summer, his name is still the signature at the bottom of the network's fundraising letters; Pizzato to join New Orleans public TV station in January. — Radio & Television Business Report

Alabama oysters to be featured at Whole Foods

Point aux Pins oysters raised on a Grand Bay farm are being featured by Texas-based Whole Foods Markets. — Daily Markets

Securities defendant back in U.S.

Man charged with securities fraud in Alabama, who left the country two years ago while out on bond, has been detained in California after deportation from Mexico. — al.com

New online access to public contract database

An online database of public contracts available for bid will go live in January, state officials say. — Demopolis Times

Kingston coal ash revisited

Clean Energy presents an update on ecological status of river system four years after TVA coal ash impoundment failed. — Clean Energy

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