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Top News Links: Tuesday, March 25

Dauphin Island target of Forbes smackdown

“Dauphin Island off the coast of Alabama is a banner example (of failed flood insurance policy). Home to 1300 residents, it has been rattled by nearly a dozen hurricanes since 1979. The cost of this serial reconstruction enterprise is largely paid for by the federal government (already totaling over $150 million).” – Forbes

Singapore airline orders 37 Airbus planes

Singapore's Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd has placed an order for 37 Airbus A320neo aircraft, with the option to purchase an additional 13 aircraft. The base deal is valued at about $3.8 billion at list prices. – al.com

UAB expands online business program

The Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is expanding its undergraduate distance-learning portfolio to include four new online bachelor of science programs in economics, finance, management and marketing. – UAB.edu

UAH profs take top Launchpad award

An Internet search engine developed specifically for use in schools by two University of Alabama in Huntsville professors has received $35,000 from Alabama Launchpad, the largest award received in this round. – Newswise.com

Your Pig now comes in a can

Back Forty Beer Co. of Gadsden has released their popular Naked Pig Pale Ale and Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale in 12-ounce aluminum cans, available throughout Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi. – Brewbound.com

Man suing over daughter’s fatal GM crash

A northwest Alabama man is suing General Motors, claiming his daughter's death was caused by an ignition switch that is the subject of a large recall. – Miami Herald

Hackers yank Auburn’s tail

The Auburn University College of Business recently began notifying 13,698 current and former students, students, faculty and staff that their personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, may have been exposed when a university server was breached. – Esecurityplanet.com

Torch Technologies gains $71M contract

Huntsville-based Torch Technologies announced Monday it has been awarded a nearly $71 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for missile element simulations. – al.com

Two Birmingham chefs are F&W finalists

Two Birmingham-area chefs – Jeffrey Hansell of the Veranda on Highland and Chris Newsome of Ollie Irene in Mountain Brook – are among 10 regional finalists for Food & Wine magazine’s The People's Best New Chef 2014, the magazine has announced on its website. – al.com

Montevallo’s Jeter Hall may be on block

The University of Montevallo is considering decommissioning the historic Jeter Hall building for use as a possible site for a new hotel in the city's downtown area. – al.com

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