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Top News Links: Friday, Nov. 14

Alabama Power says to expect hike

Anticipating stricter federal government environmental regulations, Alabama Power knows the cost of flipping on the light switch is about to get higher. "I think it's inevitable with these regulations, the price of producing electricity is going up," Alabama Power spokesman Michael Sznajderman said in an interview. – AL.com

Business leaders praised for art support

Carl Barker kept his speech brief and did his best to deflect any personal praise, just like all of the other winners at a Thursday event honoring businesses who have backed the local arts scene. In his case it was just a little harder after a video had just played crediting him as a longtime personal supporter of the arts. – Montgomery Advertiser

LCS program awaits next step

Craig Perciavalle talks about the littoral combat ship as if it were a sports car, admiring its speed and agility, the presence of two of them floating behind him. On looks alone, you wouldn't know that the ship dressed up with the Navy's signal flags last Saturday was under attack. – AL.com

Home décor chain enters north Alabama

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle announced a new development Thursday for the Kmart site on North Memorial Parkway. He says a decor superstore, At Home, will build there.  It will be the first At Home store in north Alabama and is expected to open by late summer of 2015. WHNT

Calhoun seeks land for tech center

Calhoun Community College asked the state Board of Education on Thursday to allow it to pay $50,000 per acre for 29.1 acres of property for a new technology center. Calhoun President Marilyn Beck made the request at the state board’s work session. – Decatur Daily

United Healthcare enters Marketplace

Individuals and families looking to buy health insurance coverage for 2015 will now be able to choose plans from United Healthcare through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Plans will be available for 23 states including Alabama. BusinessWire

Deadline nears on SBA disaster loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that Dec. 16 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Alabama as a result of a freeze and frost from Jan. 7-13, 2014. – PR Newswire

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