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Top News Links: Monday, Jan. 11

Macedonia now on Aston Martin list

British luxury carmaker Aston Martin, which is deciding where to build a new plant to expand its product range and return to profitability, is considering a site in Macedonia, two sources familiar with the matter said. The firm began with a list of 19 possible locations several months ago, then narrowed the list down to two British sites, one in Alabama and a Middle Eastern location, a source told Reuters in December. – Reuters

Retailers prep for Alabama championship

For some Tuscaloosa residents, the outcome of Monday night's college football title game could mean that it's time to go back to work. Some area retailers have advertised that they will re-open or have extended hours Monday if Alabama beats Clemson, just so fans can immediately buy a T-shirt to commemorate the victory. – Tuscaloosa News

Comcast to build fiber optic network in Huntsville

Comcast Business announced this morning it will build a fiber optic network with up to 10 gigabit speeds and cloud-based voice solutions for businesses and government organizations in the Huntsville area. The telecommunications company's multimillion-dollar plan for fiber-based Ethernet service complements the City of Huntsville's attempt to become a "GIG City" with high-speed, fiber optic Internet for businesses and homes. – AL.com

Opinion: Unearmarking won’t solve revenue woes

Gov. Robert Bentley will present his proposed General Fund budget when he delivers the State of the State address Feb. 2. The leadership of the Republican supermajority in the Legislature is toying with the idea of unearmarking $400 million from various state agencies to cover anticipated gaps in the General Fund. What the governor and lawmakers are ignoring is the 500-pound gorilla in the room: the lack of new revenue for the General Fund. – Decatur Daily

Alabama farmers pay $5.3M for cotton acreage

If the sale of a Georgia farm in the Morton Bend of the Coosa River is an accurate barometer, cotton is still king in this sector of the South. Morton Bend Farms, a partnership involving Richard Lindsey, Nick McMichen and Brent Tidwell, has purchased 1,375 acres there for growing cotton. – NWGeorgiaNews.com

Florence sees start of second craft brewery

Arron Hannah’s long-time interest in the brewing arts finally is coming to fruition. Bluewater Brewing Co., which he and his business partner Patricia Wilkins started in 2013, is up and running and brewing its first batches of craft beer. The Brewers Association defines a craft brewer as a small, independent brewer that has an annual production of 6 million barrels or less. – TimesDaily.com

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