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Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 13

Camber Corp., others share $900M Army contract

The U.S. Army has awarded $900 million in contracts to 17 companies in logistics and services for biological and chemical war projects. The companies, including the  Camber Corp. of Huntsville and Battelle Memorial Institute of Columbus, Ohio “were awarded a $900 million… contract to the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense,” the DoD said Tuesday. – Defense World

National championship a win for retailers

With the Crimson Tide winning the big game, Alabama retailers are looking to cash in on the big win, selling championship items to the Alabama faithful. The Tide’s season may be over, but for retailers the work is just beginning. Stores like Alabama Fever-Tiger Pride purchase their shirts from AKD Screen Printing, a local business in Montgomery. – AlabamaNews.Net

Changes to state liquor laws may benefit brewers

In the quest to expand the craft beer industry in Alabama, some brewers argue current laws mean "roadblocks" to growth. The Alabama Brewers Guild has advocated looser legal reins on sales straight from breweries for off-premises consumption. Wholesalers had pushed back with concerns for their side of the industry. – WHNT

Huntsville’s iXpress Genes wins DoD grant

Could extreme environments hold a key to new antibiotics capable of fighting "superbugs" and biological weapons? A scientific study starting in Huntsville this year will try to find out. Huntsville company iXpress Genes has won a $100,000 Department of Defense grant to analyze the DNA of samples taken from extremely cold, acidic or alkaline environments. – AL.com

Candidate wants to see Madison bloom

India-born businessman Hanu Karlapalem is running to become the mayor of one of Alabama's fastest growing cities. Born in Andhra Pradesh, Hanu Karlapalem runs a network solutions business, Vinhamz, in Madison. Karlapalem said he'd like to see Madison become the No. 1 small city in America. "This city is one of the most intelligent and best educated cities yet we are not even among the top 10 in the nation," said Karlapalem. – Business-Standard.com

State’s gas stations losing business to lotteries

While Alabamians are driving across state lines for the lottery, some gas stations are feeling the consequences. "They're getting all of our money that we should be getting," said Amy Payne, a Chevron employee. Payne told ABC 33/40 a lot of people are going to Georgia gas stations for a ticket, but that also means they're doing business in another state. – ABC 3340

Castle Lanterra Properties offering scholarships

Castle Lanterra Properties has launched an academic scholarship program to provide opportunities for its tenants at the company’s residential properties throughout the east, south and midwestern U.S., announced Elie Rieder, founder and CEO of the New York-based, privately held real estate company. In Tuscaloosa, the program is open to residents of the recently acquired 304-unit Heights at Skyland. – News release

Truitt Insurance acquires Fannin Agency

Truitt Insurance & Bonding has acquired the Fannin Agency in Tallassee, Alabama. Truitt Insurance & Bonding works with businesses and individuals throughout Alabama. The new Tallassee office joins Truitt’s existing locations in Birmingham and Daphne. – News release 

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