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Top News Links: Friday, July 14

Incentive packages get thumbs up for Blue Origin launch

On Thursday night, the Huntsville City Council voted unanimously to officially approve plans to bring space travel company Blue Origin to the Rocket City. County commissioners in Madison County voted Wednesday to approve its role in the incentive deal for its BE-4 rocket engine plant, including site preparation and $500,000. – Space News/WAFF

Compass wants to be a tech company as much as a bank

Birmingham-headquartered BBVA Compass is a bank but in the office, it wants to look a little more like Amazon and a little less like men in suits. Four employees spoke at a panel Thursday as part of the This is Alabama YP Summit. The company prides itself on its technology and mobile banking. But the top talent to develop new technologies flocks to startups and companies like Amazon and that led BBVA Compass to change the way its employees work, said Kala Northrup, Culture Shift and Communications Analyst for the bank. – AL.com

Shelby County residents have most purchasing power in state

Residents of Shelby County have the highest purchasing power in Alabama, according to a study recently conducted by a national financial website. The Smartasset.com website recently released its rankings of the top counties for purchasing power in each state in the country, and Shelby County edged out other areas such as Madison County and Limestone County. – 280 Reporter

Alabamians tied to multimillion drug fraud plead guilty

Two ex-sales representatives for an Alabama-based compounding pharmacy have agreed to plead guilty to charges they engaged in a scheme to defraud healthcare insurers and prescription drug administrators out of tens of millions of dollars. The plea agreements with Kelley Norris and Bridget McCune, who both worked for Global Compounding Pharmacy, were filed on Thursday in federal court in Jasper, two months after another ex-employee pleaded guilty in the case. – Reuters

Clayton Properties adds Harris Doyle Homes to portfolio

Clayton Properties Group, a division of Clayton, a Berkshire Hathaway company, today announced it has acquired Harris Doyle Homes, a leading residential developer and home builder for the greater Birmingham area. Harris Doyle Homes is the fifth homebuilding acquisition for Clayton since 2015 and the second homebuilder acquired this month. – News release

ACLC picks AEgis Tech for $84M contract 

Advanced Computer Learning Company has selected AEgis Technologies as a teammate on its prime position (as one of four primes) on the 5-year, $84 million Serious Educational Games Solutions multi-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for the Department of Veterans Affairs. – News release

Kappler, ADS partner to support DoD markets

ADS obtain Strategic DisDepartment of Defense emergency responders should benefit from streamlined access to protective apparel, thanks to a Strategic Distribution Agreement between Guntersville-based Kappler Inc. and ADS Inc. Kappler produces chemical protective apparel including a wide range of proven chemical fabrics and innovative garments from coveralls to gas-tight suits. – AL.com/News release

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