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Top News Links: Friday, Nov. 9

Brighter budget for schools

Schools could rehire teachers, update school books and add arts under proposed new state education budget that looks ahead from recession. — Associated Press on al.com 

Medicaid funds up for now

Funding for Medicaid has increased, at least temporarily, under the Affordable Care Act, meaning better health care access for low-income people, at least in the short term. — Anniston Star

Big drop in mental health funding

Alabama has among the largest drops in mental health funding of all states, down 36 percent, and cuts often affect low-income patients most. — Health Aim

Airbus takes first hiring step

The first step toward a 1,000-person aircraft workforce in Mobile? Hire a human resources director. Airbus has posted the opening through AIDT and hopes to pick an HR director early next year. — Mobile Press-Register/al.com

Bassmaster back in town

Birmingham and Lake Guntersville will host the 2014 Bassmaster Classic; B.A.S.S. LLC, which sponsors the tournament, recently moved its headquarters back to Birmingham under the guidance of co-owner Don Logan. — Bassmaster

Target makes Colonial Properties consider retail

Colonial Properties Trust may scrap plans for high-rise office space in favor of more retail near a new Target store at Brookwood Village in Birmingham. — Birmingham Business Journal

Milestone at Anniston weapons incinerator means layoffs

Westinghouse Anniston, which completed destruction of stockpiled weapons at Anniston last year, has reached another closure milestone and let 50 workers go. — Anniston Star

Where are patients going?

Patient load up at Shelby Baptist hospital, but officials aren't sure whether it's due to closure of Chilton hospital. — Clanton Advertiser

Panalpina wins certification for Brussels facility, Huntsville next

Freight forwarder Panalpina has earned specialty certifications for transporting and storing human and veterinary medicine; plans to seek certification for its Huntsville facility next. — Handy Shipping Guide

Good quarter at Pinnacle, Infinity; not so good at Vulcan

Jasper-based Pinnacle Bancshares announced third quarter results showing an increase in net income. — BusinessWire

Infinity Property and Casualty, based in Birmingham, announced a 19.9 percent growth in premiums. — PR Newswire

Birmingham's Vulcan Materials shows profit drop in third quarter. — Nasdaq

Four appointed to AIDB board

Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Pat Greene and James Boyce of Talladega, Terry Dunn of Southside and Melissa Williamson of Trussville to the board of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. — Talladega-St. Clair Daily Home

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