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Top News Links: Thursday, Feb. 26

Snow days hit North Alabama

A blanket of white is closing roads, schools and businesses across northern Alabama – some love it, some not so much. — Florence Times Daily, Gadsden Times

Affordable Care enrollment jumps but many more eligible

More than 168,000 Alabamians have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act online marketplace — a major jump tied for 10th in the nation — but more than half of those eligible are not yet enrolled, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. — AL.com

Boeing announces plans for new engineering training center in Huntsville

Building toward its 100th anniversary next year, the Boeing Co. is planning a dozen new training centers, the first two geared toward engineering development. Huntsville and Long Beach, California, will be the sites of the first two. — Boeing PR

Tuscaloosa firm developing online law classes for here and abroad

Tuscaloosa’s iLaw-Ventures LLC, which creates online law classes for U.S. students, has created a new specialty firm, iLawGlobal, to help lawyers abroad learn about American law. Former UA law dean Ken Randall heads the company. — Tuscaloosa News

SPOC Automation acquires Canadian firm

Trussville-based SPOC Automation Inc., which provides engineering, software and automation technology for the oil and gas industry, has acquired the Canadian firm, KJ Controls Canada, based in Alberta. — SPOC Automation PR

Montgomery working to broaden city-business base

Montgomery is drafting a plan to mentor small business and minority-owned businesses to help them win business with the city. The plan is expected to go to city officials next week. — Montgomery Advertiser

Looking to Sterne Agee’s future after purchase

Experts explore likely scenarios for Birmingham’s 113-year-old financial firm Sterne Agee after its purchase by St. Louis-based Stifel Financial. — Birmingham Business Journal

Daimler union leader questions wisdom of further U.S. expansion

Citing a weak Euro versus a stronger dollar, Daimler union leader Michael Brecht questioned the wisdom of the firm’s plans to expand further in the U.S. and the decision to move C-Class production from Germany to the firm’s Tuscaloosa County plant. — Reuters

ABA Economist to address United Bank event

Jim Chessen, chief economist with the American Bankers Association, will be the featured speaker March 5, when United Bank hosts an Economic Outlook Forum and Dinner in Bay Minette. United Bank has offices in 13 south Alabama communities, most in Baldwin County, and in the Florida panhandle. — United Bank PR

HealthSouth reports “solid” fourth quarter

Rehab hospital firm HealthSouth, based in Birmingham, announced fourth quarter 2014 results showing revenues up 7.2 percent and number of patients treated up 4.7 percent. — HealthSouth PR

ProAssurance reports “strong” fourth quarter

Gross premiums written were up 28 percent from the previous year — including premiums in a new workers compensation division — leading to a 13 percent increase in revenues, company officials reported. — ProAssurance PR

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