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Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 6

Byrne run-off win seen as big victory for business

Bradley Byrne, who won the Republican primary for Alabama's 1st Congressional district yesterday, got significant support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and big corporations in the election's home stretch. — Washington Post

New Orleans Ritz-Carlton Hotel is poster child for tax break reform

A New Orleans hotel that gets a $7.4 million tax break for leaving its historic facade in tact has become a prime example as lawmakers work to curtail the tax loophole. — Bloomberg

Former owners of Hyundai site awarded $5 million by jury

Officials buying land for a new Hyundai site a decade ago promised the same price per acre to all sellers, so when a pair of holdouts got a higher price, the purchasing team owed a similar rate to all others, a Montgomery jury ruled this week, making the economic development agency liable for a $5 million payout. — Montgomery Advertiser

CFD Research marks technology sale

UK engine maker Rolls Royce has purchased a new technology to control aircraft engine emissions from patent-developer CFD Research, based in Huntsville. — Huntsville Times

Electronic gambling comes to MOWA Choctaws, with hard feelings and potential lawsuits

Fifty electronic gambling machines were installed this week in the tribal entertainment center of the MOWA Choctaws near Mount Vernon, but many tribal members protested the action and others queried whether the action is legal, since the group is not a federally recognized tribe. — Mobile Press-Register

Four-year contract set at Goodyear

Workers at all Goodyear plants, including Gadsden, have approved a new four-year labor agreement. — Gadsden Times

Southern Co. opts for more solar power

Southern Co. has reached a new deal to acquire California-generated solar power from Ted Turner's Turner Renewable Energy. — Birmingham News

Spanish Fort apartment complex sold for $22 million

The Vinings apartment complex in Spanish Fort has been sold for $22 million, or $92,245 per unit, to New York-based Somerset Partners. — Birmingham News

Brasfield & Gorrie launches $5 million in Birmingham projects

Birmingham-based contractor Brasfield & Gorrie has begun work on a new office complex for mechanical contractor Hardy Corp. and an expansion at St. Vincent's East hospital, with the two projects together valued at $5 million. — Birmingham News

A/E firm picks Fairhope for new office

Architecture-engineering firm Goodwyn Mills & Cawood has opened a new office in Baldwin County, its 13th in the Southeast. — Mobile Press-Register

Kudos for Huntsville native's start up

A new company that developed an optical sensor to spot industrial plant leaks and hotspots has been named Start Up of the Year by the Wall Street Journal; Huntsville native Allison Lami Sawyer is a partner in the young firm. — Huntsville Times

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