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Top News Links: Friday, Jan. 30

Fitzpatricks donate $3M to Culverhouse

A Birmingham couple is donating $3 million to the business school at the University of Alabama. The contribution by C.T. Fitzpatrick and wife Kelley Fitzpatrick will be used to fund new endowed faculty positions for value investing. It will also go for a trading floor and research library. Value investing involves the selection of undervalued stocks. – AP/The Republic

Marshall County gearing up for Polaris

With the Polaris deal made final, Marshall County leaders are working to put the county’s big industrial names on the radar. “We’re already gearing up, we had already gotten a call from the Department of Commerce this past week, working with them on some lists of our automotive suppliers,” Marshall County Economic Development Council President Matt Arnold says. – WHNT

Veteran banker Greenlee to lead WBC

Robin Y. Greenlee has been named chairwoman of the Women's Business Council of the Birmingham Business Alliance, according to a BBA news release on Thursday. Greenlee is a vice-president and credit risk officer in the corporate office of Aliant Bank in Birmingham. – AL.com

Sessions: Climate change logic is faulty

Alabama’s junior senator took to the Senate floor this week to express his frustration with the Obama administration and its Environmental Protection Agency, which is seeking to impose trillions of dollars of regulations on the American economy, due to what Sessions argued is at best faulty logic and at worst outright propaganda. – Yellowhammer

Researchers: Air in Alabama improving

A team of researchers led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently reported that visibility in Alabama has improved based on decreasing soot. Plunging atmospheric aerosol levels have spurred increased visibility over the past decade. – Scientific American

PL Foundation donates $4M in 2014

The Protective Life Foundation announced this week that it awarded nearly $4 million in donations and grants in 2014.  In 2014, through grant dollars and volunteer hours, the foundation touched 247 organizations focused on a wide spectrum of services, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Birmingham Zoo, the McWane Science Center and Railroad Park. – News release

Madison’s geeky culture great for craft beer

Today, there are five breweries operating in Huntsville/Madison County, two contract brewers launching in Madison this spring and a downtown Huntsville establishment that will begin making beer in the coming weeks. Although the Birmingham area produces more craft beer, Madison County has more per-capita beer enterprises than any other part of the state. – AL.com

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