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Top News Links: Monday, Dec. 15

Coca-Cola invests $35M in Montgomery

Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED will be widening its production with a sizeable presence in Montgomery. During a presentation Friday, Coca-Cola officials announced they would be making a $35 million investment into an 850,000 facility it had purchased on Westport Boulevard for the Montgomery Coca-Cola Bottling Company and an additional 37 jobs. Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED is headquartered in Birmingham. – Montgomery Advertiser

Gene sequencing about to be ‘routine’

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville said Friday that it has bought a new gene sequencing system so fast and inexpensive that it will soon make sequencing the entire genetic makeup of a human being "routine" in medical care. – AL.com

Alabama basking in cheap gasoline

After a weekend of price cutting at stations, gas for less than $2 can be found in 13 states across the country. Two weeks ago there was only one gas station in the country selling gas that cheap. Another ten states -- Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia -- also have gas for less than $2. – WMUR.com

Mortgage fraud hasn’t gone away

LexisNexis Risk Solutions today announced the findings of its annual analysis of mortgage fraud in the U.S., revealing that despite improving economic conditions, mortgage fraud is still a national problem. In fact, mortgage application fraud and misrepresentation has grown for the past three years. – BusinessWire

Mississippi casino competition fires up

A $70 million renovation of the Golden Moon Hotel & Casino in Choctaw, Mississippi, will be shown off on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m., according to the Pearl River Resort officials. The casino remodel includes a renovated gaming area, poker room, center bar, hotel rooms, new slots, and new gaming technology. The grand reopening event is open to the public and all are invited to explore the new casino floor design, gaming amenities, and hotel décor. – News release

Beware, would-be office over-partiers

Everyone is talking about last year's holiday party, how great it was, and what might be expected at this year's event. But they are also are recalling (and gossiping about) the stories of Bill in marketing who drank too much and went around pinching women's bottoms while dressed as Santa, or Stacy from accounting who vomited in the shared ride back to office parking lot. – AL.com

Sterne Agee suing former CEO Holbrook

Sterne Agee Group Inc. is suing its former CEO over claims he took his corporate credit card on a decade-long spending spree for fishing boats, a yacht, a vacation condominium and ownership in a luxury ski chalet. James S. Holbrook Jr., ousted as CEO in May, is accused of using company assets for membership in a marina and golf club in Key Largo, Florida, and to acquire an interest in a luxury hunting club in his home state of Alabama, according to the complaint filed in Jefferson County. – Business Week

Prepare yourself for RoboNurse calls

Patient follow-up programs that use automated telephone interactions to promote care coordination are significantly less expensive and can be more effective than putting busy nurses on the phone, finds a study in the American Journal of Managed Care.  The study was done by researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Texas Tech University, and The Advisory Board Co. – Health Analytics

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