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Top News Links: Friday, Jan. 23

Dr. Cynthia T. Anthony, Interim President of Enterprise State Community College, and Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, shake hands after signing a Reverse Transfer Agreement during a ceremony at ESCC on Monday. The Reverse Transfer agreement permits former ESCC students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to Enterprise State Community College for the purpose of attaining an associate degree.

Dr. Cynthia T. Anthony, Interim President of Enterprise State Community College, and Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, shake hands after signing a Reverse Transfer Agreement during a ceremony at ESCC on Monday. The Reverse Transfer agreement permits former ESCC students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to Enterprise State Community College for the purpose of attaining an associate degree.

Troy, Enterprise State sign degree pact 

Troy University and Enterprise State Community College officials signed an agreement Monday that would enable transfer students to complete their associate’s degree while pursuing their bachelor’s degree. The Reverse Transfer agreement permits former Enterprise State students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to Enterprise State Community College for the purpose of attaining an associate degree. – News release

Birmingham wins World Games

As a rule of thumb, University of Chicago Economics professor Allen Sanderson moves the decimal point of any economic impact study one space to the left. So the $250 million in economic impact that officials are touting when Birmingham hosts the World Games in 2021, that number's probably much closer to $25 million. Still, it doesn’t mean hosting the games is a bad move. – AL.com

Protective Life merger approved

The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. and Protective Life Corporation today announced that Dai-ichi has received all necessary approvals from regulatory authorities in the United States and Japan for the previously announced proposed acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Protective Life Corporation pursuant to the merger plan entered into on last June. – BusinessWire

Apple CEO closes in on billionaire

Apple CEO Tim Cook is not yet a billionaire, but he's well on his way. Cook's pay more than doubled last year to $9.2 million, according to a regulatory filing. His salary rose by a quarter to $1.75 million, and his bonus doubled to $6.7 million. Cook also cashed out vacation time he never took, for a total of $56,923. And he received nearly $700,000 in security expenses. But his paycheck and perks are the least of it. – CNN/Alabamas13

Hong Kong wants to do business here

A trade official met Thursday with Alabama leaders to spread the word that there's money to be made in Hong Kong despite recent political upheaval and a global economic shift. – Montgomery Advertiser

Shunnarah stakes claim in Mobile

After 14 years in business, Birmingham lawyer Alexander Shunnarah now operates offices in nearly half of Alabama's 67 counties, but his newest venture based in Mobile takes the personal injury attorney's practice to a new, tri-state level. – AL.com

Sealy team has new project in Huntsville

The developers behind the successful Belk Hudson Lofts project in downtown Huntsville are at it again. At its meeting Thursday night, the Huntsville City Council agreed to lease a public parking lot at the corner of Holmes Avenue and Jefferson Street to husband-and-wife developers Charlie and Sasha Sealy for a five-story, mixed-use building called The Avenue. – AL.com

Video focuses on fall protection

Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts, is pleased to announce the newest Tom’s Toolbox video short, focusing on fall protection. Tom’s Toolbox videos are available for viewing on Motion Industries’ MiHow2 YouTube channel, which was established in 2012. – News release

SAS, Culverhouse College sign agreement

The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, a leader in business analytics education, announced an agreement Thursday with SAS, the leader in business analytics software. SAS officially signed on with the Business Analytics Lab and is donating its SAS Visual Analytics, SAS Visual Statistics and SAS Office Analytics software to the College for use in the lab. – UA News

Montgomery Chamber announces staff moves

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced two staff promotions and one new hire. Sheron Rose joined the Chamber as vice president of community strategies, the Chamber of Commerce stated in a release. Ron Simmons was promoted to vice president of business development, and Lisa McGinty was promoted to executive director of the Business Development Center. – AL.com

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