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Top News Links: Monday, Nov. 3

BAE wins $142M follow-on contract

BAE Systems received a follow-on contract from the U.S. Army to continue low-rate initial production (LRIP) on the M109A7 self-propelled howitzer and M992A3 ammunition carrier. The M109A7 provides a significant upgrade over the M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer while allowing for future growth. Work on the M109A7 is currently under way at Anniston Army Depot and BAE Systems’ York, Pennsylvania, facility. – BusinessWire 

Home Depot security breach costly

A recent data security breach at Home Depot cost Alabama credit unions nearly $1 million, a new survey by the Credit Union National Association shows. The survey, which asked credit unions across the state to report the impact of the Home Depot breach, also reveals more than 120,000 credit and debit cards were affected by the high-profile hack, which was announced by the retailer in mid-September. – AL.com

Bentley to donate campaign leftovers

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday he plans to set up a charitable organization to use leftover campaign funds for different projects, including perhaps for foster children and restoration of the Governor's Mansion. – Montgomery Advertiser

Democrats keeping their heads down

Alongside the andouille gumbo, the crab-and-shrimp bisque and a succulent smoked pork shoulder, there was an endangered species featured at this town’s recent Taste of the South picnic. Her name is Susan Smith, and she is a white Democrat seeking election to the Alabama Senate. – Washington Post

LHC partners for Alabama market entry

LHC Group Inc., a national provider of home health, hospice and comprehensive post-acute healthcare services, today announced that it has entered into a three party home health joint venture with Southeast Alabama Medical Center and Troy Regional Medical Center in Alabama. The service area includes seven counties with a population of 415,000. – GlobeNewswire

Steel City Pops to open in Huntsville

A high-demand Alabama business serving sweet, cold treats is coming to Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville. The 7-year-old outdoor shopping development announced this week that Homewood-based Steel City Pops will launch a 1,200-square-foot shop next spring in the south retail district next to Lime Fresh Mexican Grill. – AL.com

Aviation center holds career fair

Collin Hall could hardly contain his excitement talking about the new job he starts next week at AMRO Aero in Fairhope, but the Perdido, Ala., native promised not to lose sight of the bigger picture. "Yes ma'am. I'm going to finish school," Hall told Cynthia Anthony, acting president of Enterprise State Community College, as more than 100 job seekers poured through the doors of the Alabama Aviation Center for its inaugural Aviation Career Fair and Open House. – AL.com

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