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Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 23

Huntsville to become 10th Google Fiber city

Google announced Monday that it is bringing its gigabit Fiber service to Huntsville. The company will piggyback on the fiber network that Huntsville Utilities is building in the city, meaning once the network is ready, Google may just be one of a number of companies that could offer their services over the same fast network. – TechCrunch

Alabama Power makes leadership changes

Alabama Power has announced several changes in the company's leadership following last week's announcement that Steve Spencer was leaving to become president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. Greg Barker, Alabama Power senior vice president for Marketing and Economic Development, has been named executive vice president responsible for Customer Services. – Twst

AEgis Tech wins contract with $1 billion potential

AEgis Technologies has received a multiple award contract for Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration (D3I) Domain 3, Enhanced Warfighter Capabilities by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command to advance innovations for space, missile defense, high altitude and cyber through prototype development, experimentation and wargames, analytical assessments and modeling and simulation development. The contract ceiling has a base of more than $579 million, with options exceeding $1 billion. – News release

Walmart-less town gets big help from retail giant

Wadley isn't big enough to support a Walmart, but the Randolph County town is getting support these days from the retail giant. Occupying a bank of the Tallapoosa River, Wadley, with a population of around 750 according to the U.S. Census, has seen its largest employer add 50 jobs over the last year, with another 50 slated for 2016. This comes thanks to a $250 billion initiative by Walmart to support American manufacturers over 10 years. – AL.com

UA’s Morgan Hall subject of petition drive to honor Harper Lee

A University of Alabama junior is asking that a building on campus be renamed to honor an alumna, author Harper Lee, rather than a former senator who was a Confederate general and a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Her petition, which had nearly 2,000 digital signatures within days of being posted online after Lee’s death, joins a growing number of calls at universities across the country to reconsider traditions, names and symbols of the past. – Washington Post

Sandy Hook parents suing Remington Arms

A judge is poised to decide whether a lawsuit filed over the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 can continue. Lawyers for gun manufacturer Remington Arms are seeking a dismissal, saying they're protected from such suits by federal law. – NPR

Alabama Bass Trail event draws 162 boats

One would have thought that, with rising water temperatures, the fishing would have been good for the first stop of the South Division Alabama Bass Trail this past Saturday. Finding fish was not the problem, but finding quality was for many anglers. Winners Caiden Sinclair and Ethan Flack depended on Sinclair’s local knowledge of Lake Martin. Sinclair found that square-billed crankbaits worked two weeks ago and again Saturday. – Alex City Outlook

The Donald will visit Huntsville on Sunday

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is set to visit Alabama on Sunday ahead of next week's primary. Trump's campaign said the candidate will host an event at 2840 Wall Triana Highway in Huntsville at 4 p.m. Sunday. – BizJournals.com

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