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Top News Links: Thursday, May 2

State leaders mull Accountability Act

The Alabama House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would make a minor change to the controversial Accountability Act; Senate Republicans remain divided over the proposed changes to the bill. — South Street Union

Ingalls awarded contract for Coast Guard cutter

Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. has been awarded a $487 million contract to build a sixth national security cutter for the Coast Guard. — Alabamas13.com

Alabama auto industry set to produce Acura

A Honda plant in Talladega County will begin production this week on its first Acura model, the Acura MDX SUV. — Montgomery Advertiser

ADTRAN announces repurchase plan

ADTRAN, Inc. has announced that its Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of an additional 5,000,000 shares of the company's common stock. — MarketWatch

Ligon Industries purchases Iowa company 

Birmingham-based Ligon Industries has purchased Energy Manufacturing of Monticello, an Iowa designer and manufacturer of custom welded hydraulic cylinders. — KCRG

UAB business program recognized nationally 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business has been named one of the top sales programs in the nation by the Sales Education Foundation. — UAB News

Bunge opens new Alabama facility

Bunge North America recently held a grand opening for its new packaging facility and refinery expansion in Decatur. — Baking Business

Arotech receives award for training and simulation projects

Arotech Corporation has secured $4 million in new contract funding for training and simulation products and services. — Wall Street Journal

Two executives battle over Heritage Club

Heritage Club executives Richard Salazar and Augustus Tucker are involved in a legal feud over who is the rightful owner of the Huntsville power lunch club. — al.com

Philly company buys Hoover complex

A Philadelphia company has purchased the 206-unit Autumn Woods apartment complex in Hoover for $8.5 million. — al.com

Birmingham Chef talks success and southern cooking

Chris Hastings, chef and owner of Hot & Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, reflects on the past year and shares his plans for the future, including opening a new casual restaurant in Birmingham. — Eater National

Spearman to lead Conservation Alabama

Jim Spearman, a former executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party, has been named the new leader of Conservation Alabama and the Conservation Alabama Foundation. — News Courier

UAB School of Business offers new online programs

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business has lauched two new online degree programs: a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems. — UAB News

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