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Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 3

Former health care CEO arrested for fraud

Jonathan Wade Dunning, former CEO of nonprofit Birmingham Health Care, has been arrested by federal authorities on 112 counts of fraud. An indictment handed down last week by a federal grand jury alleges he was involved in a seven-year conspiracy that included wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering totaling $14 million while he was involved with BHC and Central Alabama Comprehensive Health, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. – BizJournals.com

Renovated Golden Moon Casino reopens

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians reopened one of its casinos full-time in an effort to recapture some of the customers who have been siphoned off by Alabama casinos run by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Mississippi's Tri-City Herald reported. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Saturday at the 10,000-member tribe's Golden Moon Casino in Philadelphia, Miss. after an extensive $70 million renovation. – AL.com

Need a job? Bruce Willis is hiring

Bruce Willis is one of the most well known action movie stars in the world, and he’s in search of extras for his next thriller, which is set to be filmed right here in Alabama. The flick, Extraction, will begin filming next month in the Mobile area, and they’re looking for paid extras. According to the description in the casting call, Extraction is about “the kidnapping of a former CIA operative (Bruce Willis). Willis plays a widower whose son, Harry, is also involved with the CIA.” – Yellowhammer

Teen from Enterprise wins design contest

A panel of judges from NASA, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation and Made In Space Inc. in California have selected the winners of the Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space Tool Challenge. The top Teen Group (ages 13-19) winner is Robert Hillan of Enterprise, who created a Multipurpose Precision Maintenance Tool. – News release

Plan to sell TVA seems to be on hold

The Obama administration has backed off its previous push to sell the Tennessee Valley Authority after the federal utility took steps over the past two years to trim its spending and cut its long-term debt. – Times Free Press

SunTrust in Florence under new owners

One of the tallest buildings in downtown Florence is under new ownership and will soon undergo a multi-year renovation project to modernize the facility. The SunTrust Bank landmark on the 200 block of South Court Street is now owned by Ivory Tower, LLC, run by Abroms and Associates, PC President and Managing Shareholder Martin Abroms and Lyons HR founder and CEO Bill Lyons. – AL.com

Small businesses: Get nominations in by Friday

Small businesses in Alabama have until Friday to apply for a chance to be a Small Business Champion. SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses, recently kicked off the American Small Business Championship thanks to a $700,000 grant award from Sam’s Club to support and celebrate our nation’s entrepreneurs. – News release

French firm buys CSP Technologies

A French investment firm has bought an Alabama packaging company at an enterprise value of $360 million. Wendel invested $198 million for a 98 percent ownership of CSP Technologies, which is based in Auburn. CSP provides specialty packaging for food, beverage and healthcare markets, especially production of vials for the diabetes test strip market. – AL.com

UA named an Innovation Corps site

The University of Alabama’s ability to foster entrepreneurship and, ultimately, create jobs is strengthened through its recent selection by the National Science Foundation as an Innovation Corps site. With its selection, UA’s Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Center becomes the only NSF I-Corps site in the state and is one of only three in the Southeast. – UA News

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