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Top News Links: Thursday, Nov. 29

Good market for health insurers, not so good for patients

The American Medical Association says that Alabama has among the least competitive markets for health insurance in the nation, which they say can raise insurers' profits but harm patients and physicians. — Mobile Press-Register/al.com

Bentley keynotes European aviation forum

Alabama is ready for more growth in wake of Airbus announcement of plans for major investment here, Gov. Robert Bentley said in keynote remarks at the Aviation Forum 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. — Huntsville Times

Kia announces major investment at Georgia plant

Kia Motors yesterday announced plans for a $1.6 billion investment in new equipment at its West Point, Georgia, plant, to help keep up with demand for its vehicles. — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

No-touch fingerprint scanner wins Popular Science kudos

A scanner that can identify fingerprints from six meters away, made by HudsonAlpha-based IDair, has won the "Best of What's New" award from Popular Science and gained world-wide attention. — Huntsville Times

Rooftop greenhouse planned for Birmingham

Flat Rock Growing Co., a hydroponic greenhouse based at Sand Mountain, won tentative design approval for a rooftop greenhouse at Wooten Lofts, hoping to supply produce to area restaurants, but loft owner rejected the plan. — al.com, Birmingham Business Journal

Bankers' associations merge

The Community Bankers Association of Alabama and the Alabama Bankers Association have merged to form the Alabama Bankers Association Inc. — Birmingham Business Journal

NASA leader tours United Launch plant

Charles Bolden, administrator of NASA, Wednesday toured the United Launch Alliance plant where Atlas and Delta rockets are built to power space program. — WAFF

Tuscaloosa's Maddox honored

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox was named 2012 Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County magazine for guiding recovery efforts after the April, 2011, tornadoes. — American City and County

State grant for barrel plant water

Lawrence County has received a $400,000 state grant to provide water service at a new Jack Daniel Cooperate whiskey barrel plant slated to open in 2014. — Florence Times Daily

Energen picks exploration execs

Birmingham-based Energen has named David Godsey and David Minor to lead Energen Resources Corporation, its unit focused on resource exploration in the Permian Basin. — The Street

Aliant Bank expanding to Auburn

Aliant Bank has moved into Auburn, while its parent company, USAmeriBancorp has announced strong earnings for the quarter. — Montgomery Advertiser

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