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Top News Links: Friday, Dec. 29

Moore election challenge sinks faster than granite monument

Alabama officials certified the results of its special Senate election Thursday, officially naming Democrat Doug Jones the victor not long after a judge rejected a last-minute challenge from Republican Roy Moore. Late Wednesday, hours before the Alabama State Canvassing Board was scheduled to meet Thursday to certify Jones' victory, Moore and his campaign filed a lawsuit alleging that voter fraud had tainted the election results and requesting that certification be delayed. – NBC

Latest aerospace merger talk could bode well for Alabama

Alabama already had reason to keep a close watch on a dance between three international aerospace giants. Over the Christmas break, a fourth player, Brazil-based Embraer, cut in. What, if anything, this means for a proposal to build a new aircraft assembly line in Mobile is unclear. But industry analysts seem to see a possible linkup between Boeing and Embraer as a response to a previously announced partnership between Airbus and Bombardier. – AL.com

Alabama newspaper chain buying three Mississippi weeklies

Publishers of a weekly newspaper in Alabama are buying three weekly newspapers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Campbell Newspapers, which owns the Choctaw Sun-Advocate in Gilbertown, Alabama, announced Thursday that they are buying The Biloxi-D’Iberville Press, The Ocean Springs Record, and the Ocean Springs Gazette. The sale will close on Tuesday. No price or terms were disclosed. – NOCB

Mobile, Birmingham now on the opioid lawsuit bus

The city of Mobile has joined Birmingham and a number of other Alabama cities and counties in a growing wave of lawsuits blaming drug makers and distributors for costs associated with an epidemic of opioid painkiller abuse. Mobile filed its suit on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama and publicly announced it on Thursday. – AL.com

Investor says tax reform could benefit Dothan

Philip Blumberg wants to invest in Dothan, much like his relatives Larry and Leslie Blumberg have for years, and the recent tax reform bill may help him accomplish the goal. Philip Blumberg serves as the CEO of Blumberg Partners – a Miami-area firm that manages real estate investments. He said the recently passed tax reform bill is one of two major steps needed for Blumberg Grain to create a cold-chain food storage facility and a peanut processer in the Circle City. – Dothan Eagle

SVP adds to Alabama network with Helena Veterinary Clinic

Southern Veterinary Partners has acquired Helena Veterinary Clinic in Helena, Alabama.  Southern Veterinary Partners now has 39 animal hospitals in 10 southern states including 10 in Alabama.
Based in Birmingham, SVP is a veterinarian-owned regional network of animal hospitals. – News release

Community action agencies rake in $2.3M for skills training

Twenty community action agencies in Alabama will receive a total of $2.3 million in grants to help low-income residents, Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced. Money for the Community Services Block Grants comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grants are intended to help low-income residents become self-sufficient, the governor’s office said. – BrinkWire

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