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Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 28

Huntsville approves Remington incentives

The plan for a $110 million Remington firearms factory moved ahead Thursday night as the Huntsville City Council approved a development agreement that guarantees Remington $14.5 million in local incentives - including free use of the sprawling former Chrysler electronics plant near the airport. – al.com

Lockheed Martin breaks ground in Troy

Lockheed Martin broke ground Thursday for its Pike County Operations’ Long Range Strike Systems cruise missile production annex in Troy. – Lockheedmartin.com

Senate approves $5.9B ETF budget

The Alabama Senate Thursday voted 21 to 10 to approve a $5.9 billion Education Trust Fund budget that includes funding to hire 250 new middle school teachers, give teachers a 1 percent bonus and cut $10.8 million from Alabama State University’s budget. – South Union Street

Red Clay Brewing goes professional

Red Clay Brewing Company started out as a homemade hobby. Now, it will be Auburn and Opelika’s sole beer manufacturer. – Theplainsman.com

Sprouts Farmers Market headed to Huntsville?

Arizona-based Sprouts Farmers Market appears ready to build its first Alabama grocery store beside Academy Sports in west Huntsville. GBT Realty, which is developing the Strong Station shopping center, recently updated it website to show Sprouts and Hobby Lobby as future tenants. – al.com

She likes hops, not hopscotch

Lauren Wiersma started this week as the newest member of the Trim Tab Brewing Company family. In the process, she apparently became the first female known to be working as a brewer at a brewery in Alabama. – Bhamterminal.com

Calhoun Community College joins network

Calhoun Community College is among 12 community and technical colleges from eight states to be welcomed into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. The network aims to close achievement gaps and increase student retention, persistence and completion rates. – Achieving the Dream

BBVA Compass announces new payroll service

BBVA Compass has announced a new service to help its business customers seamlessly manage their payrolls through online banking. Powered by Execupay, an independent payroll service provider, the Compass service gives customers easy access to payroll information alongside their business and personal account information. – Wall Street Journal

Servpro doing site prep for new HQ in Pelham

Servpro of Birmingham is preparing a site in Pelham that will become the new headquarters for the business that services homes and other structures recovering from damage including fire, water and mold. – al.com

Alabama Graphite hires Prospectair for surveys

Alabama Graphite Corp. has announced that it has contracted with Prospectair Geosurveys to conduct airborne geophysical surveys of both its Coosa Graphite Project in Alabama and the Hearst Graphite Project in Ontario. – Baystreet.ca

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