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Top News Links: Thursday, May 15

Birmingham opens AIDT center

The Magic City is now home to a single, central location where AIDT, the state's primary workforce training program, can set up shop and produce workers with the specific skills needed for new and expanding industry. The AIDT Alabama Workforce Training Center is at 3600 Sixth Ave. S. in Birmingham. – AL.com

Air Force ‘busting butt’ for SpaceX

The U.S. Air Force is spending about $60 million and using 100 people to certify billionaire Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. for launching satellites. “We’ve got folks busting their butt to get SpaceX certified despite what everything in the media seems to say,” Lt. Gen. Charles Davis said. – Bloomberg

Vandy prof new dean at UA Law

Mark Brandon, a constitutional law professor at Vanderbilt University for the past 13 years, has been hired as the new dean of the University of Alabama School of Law. Brandon, a Birmingham native and alumnus of the school he will now lead, is set to begin the new role on July 1. The school's dean for the past two decades, Ken Randall, retired last year. – The Tennessean

Sasquatch movie budding in Cheaha

Filmmakers have brought the age-old search for Sasquatch to a northeastern Alabama landmark.  The film, a documentary-styled comedy titled “Nigel and Oscar vs. the Sasquatch,” has been shooting at Cheaha State Park since late April, according to park officials. – Anniston Star

David DuBose exits Summit Media

David DuBose, who oversaw some of the top-rated radio stations in Birmingham and boldly tried to lure Paul Finebaum away from a rival, is out as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Summit Media. – AL.com

ServisFirst shares priced at $91

ServisFirst Bancshares Inc. Wednesday announced that it has priced its initial public offering of 625,000 shares of common stock at $91 per share. The shares are expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on May 14, 2014, under the symbol “SFBS.” – PRNewswire

O’Neal Manufacturing adding 25 jobs

O'Neal Manufacturing Services plans to add up to 25 jobs at its local operations and invest about $5 million in new equipment, moves that underscore the importance of existing industry in Birmingham and across Alabama, a key economic developer said Wednesday. – AL.com

Hornady Transportation ups pay rate

Hornady Transportation announces a two cent increase in pay effective June 2, 2014. This pay increase will be applied to all line haul drivers paid by the mile.  The starting pay rate will also be increased to reflect the new pay structure. – Hornady news release

National Security Group posts results

The National Security Group, based in Elba, has posted results for the three months of 2014. The company offers property, casualty, life, accident and health insurance in eleven states. – BusinessWire

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