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Top News Links: Thursday, Nov. 6

UAB to test common drug's potential to fight diabetes

Researchers at University of Alabama at Birmingham have been awarded a $2.1 million grant to run human trials, testing whether the common blood pressure medicine verapamil can fight or even reverse diabetes in humans, as it has in mice, the university reported this week. — UAB PR

Supreme Court to enter tri-state water battle

A legal dispute in which Florida claims that Georgia is draining off too much Chattahoochee River water before it gets to Florida's oyster beds and fisheries is headed for the Supreme Court. The Court announced yesterday that it will hear the case. Alabama, though not part of this particular case, also contends that it suffers because Georgia takes more than its share. — Reuters

Shelby poised to head Senate banking panel

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby is likely to retake the helm of the Senate Banking Committee, but will could a difficult path in dealing with the Wall Street and banking reforms. - Reuters

Tuscaloosa's Almon Associates merges with Mississippi firm

Engineering firm Almon Associates, with a 50-year history in Tuscaloosa, has merged with Neel-Schaffer Inc., an engineering firm based in Jackson, Mississippi, with offices in 37 states. — Tuscaloosa News

Bentley makes it official — no expansion of Medicaid

In his first press conference after being re-elected Tuesday, Gov. Robert Bentley affirmed that he will not allow expansion of Medicaid, rejecting federal funds for the expansion on worries that it will eventually costs Alabamians more. — Anniston Star

Auburn looks at moratorium on multi-famiy construction

Worrying that continued rapid expansion of the multi-family housing market in Auburn, much of it aimed at Auburn University students, could leave older buildings vacant, Mayor Bill Ham suggested that the city council consider a moratorium on new multi-family construction.  — Opelika-Auburn News

Entrepreneurs tell their stories at Huntsville forum tonight

Three individuals who launched fledgling start-ups into successful companies will tell their stories at the annual Entrepreneurs Roundtable in Huntsville this evening. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at University of Alabama in Huntsville. — al.com

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