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Top News Links: Thursday, Jan. 15

Synapse cuts two dozen jobs in Huntsville

Three months after celebrating its growing labor force and move into a larger space in Cummings Research Park, Synapse Wireless has cut more than two dozen employees from its payroll. Megan Nivens, spokeswoman for the Internet of Things company, confirmed 25 Synapse employees were informed last Thursday of the staff changes. – AL.com

Med lab company suing BlueWave

The bad blood between a downtown medical lab company and its longtime sales contractor is spilling over into Richmond federal court. Virginia-based Health Diagnostic Laboratory filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the two founders of BlueWave Healthcare Consultants, an Alabama firm that until last week had provided the bulk of HDL’s sales force in recent years. – RichmondBizSense.com

GOP developing another charter bill

Republicans will try again in the coming legislative session to bring charter schools to the state of Alabama, at least on a limited basis. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said in an interview last week he will make a charter school bill a priority for the 2015 session, which begins in March. – Montgomery Advertiser

Home improvement show hits ratings high

The Emmy nominated, nationally syndicated television show, Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford, reached a record-setting 1.5 million weekly viewers during November 2014 Nielsen sweeps ratings, according to a release put out by the show on Wednesday. – Yellowhammer

OsteoStrong plans to grow in state

OsteoStong, an all-natural wellness clinic founded in 2011 to improve bone density, strength and balance in patients, plans to rapidly expand its brand across Alabama and Florida during the next 10 years. – AL.com

Opinion: Obama should pardon Siegelman

Since the midterm elections, President Barack Obama has been acting as if he feels liberated from parochial political concerns. After taking action on immigration, Cuba, and climate change, he should take on another risky, if less well-known, challenge by commuting the prison sentence of Don Siegelman, the former governor of Alabama. – New Yorker

Motion Industries to acquire Miller Bearings

Motion Industries Inc. of Birmingham, a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Miller Bearings Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida in the first quarter of 2015. – News release

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