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Top News Links: Wednesday, Feb. 11

Remington moving Para to Huntsville

Remington Outdoor Company has announced it will be integrating Para USA under the Remington brand and transfer operations from Para’s headquarters in North Carolina to Huntsville beginning next month. Para USA, the successor to the Canadian-founded Para-Ordnance, is notable for its wide range of competition, concealed carry, and sporting 1911 pistols. – Outdoor Hub

Self, Maples & Copeland acquired

Carr, Riggs & Ingram, one of the top 25 accounting firms in the country, has acquired the Oneonta, Alabama-based accountancy Self, Maples & Copeland. The staff and management team will remain in Oneonta and will start operating using the CRI firm brand. – CRICPA.com

Gay marriage battle enters 3rd day

More Alabama courthouses allowed same-sex marriages Tuesday despite objections from the state's chief justice, but other counties still refused — prompting a new round of federal court action. In Mobile, the state's second-largest city, the window that normally issues marriage licenses was closed as a gay couple patiently waited. Whether it and others around the state would open later Tuesday was still unclear. – AP/U.S. News & World Report

State’s mental health care suffering

Tens of thousands of mental health patients in Alabama will have to look for new medical care on Friday when Alabama Psychiatric Services closes its doors. ASP has more than a dozen inpatient and outpatient facilities around the state. With less than one week notice, the company announced it will close its doors because of failed negotiations with the health insurance company Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. – WBUR.org

Ag panel touts job creation plan

A state agriculture panel says it has a plan that could create as many as 58,000 new jobs in Alabama. Members of the steering committee for the Alabama Agriculture and Forestry Strategic Plan say that could be accomplished by having a more cooperative relationship between business and government. – Alabamas13.com

Volkert gets piece of $2.3B Florida project

Engineering firm Volkert was recently contracted to provide quality assurance services for a multibillion dollar highway project in Florida. Volkert, an employee-owned firm based in Mobile, will act as the "quality assurance firm" for the reconstruction of Interstate 4 in the Orlando-area. – AL.com

Home Depot hiring 120 in Birmingham

Six Home Depot stores in the Birmingham area are looking to hire 120 workers to prepare for spring, which is the chain's busiest season. Jobs are both seasonal and permanent part-time. – AL.com

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