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Top News Links: Monday, Nov. 11

Crude by rail: Is it safe?

Genesee & Wyoming Inc.'s train derailment in Aliceville on Friday, the second explosive oil-train derailment this year, may raise new questions about the safety of the crude-by-rail transportation boom. — Yahoo News

States that won't expand Medicaid may be the biggest Obamacare losers

Many of the cities in the states that won't expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are also the cities that have some of the lowest current Medicaid eligibility levels. Hence, the states that have turned down the expansion, like Alabama, are also those that stood to benefit the most from it. — The Atlantic Cities

Steelscape to close Fairfield plant in December 

Steelscape, a national supplier of metallic-coated and pre-painted steel, will close its Fairfield plant by the end of the year, and 62 workers will lose jobs. — al.com

Norbord to invest in Huguley plant

Canadian wood-based panels manufacturer Norbord plans to invest $45 million to refurbish the continuous press line at the OSB plant in Huguley-Lanett. — EUWID Wood Products 

International Paper workers flood Courtland job fair

Longtime IP workers, many employed at the company for decades, updated resumes for the first time in years in search of new opportunities at a job fair held in Courtland last week. The IP mill in Courtland will begin layoffs in December. — Decatur Daily

Gov. Bentley heads overseas for economic development mission

Gov. Robert Bentley will be in Japan this week to meet with representatives of companies that could create more jobs in Alabama. — al.com

Huntsville parking deck turned future hotel?

Mayor Tommy Battle announced that the Von Braun Center parking deck on Monroe Street may be the site of a future hotel development. — al.com

Regions alters strategy

Birmingham-based Regions Financial Corporation is shifting its efforts toward raising revenue through its wealth management business. — Wall Street PR

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