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Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 11

State veterans support VA overhaul

Robert Bennett proudly served his country, even though he, like the other men in his unit, couldn't vote because they were black. He did what the government told him to do and believed the Veterans Affairs Administration would be there for him, no matter what. Now, the 87-year-old Greenville man is like thousands of veterans, caught in a bureaucratic system that he says must change. – Decatur Daily

Can you guess Alabama’s Top 3?

Forbes has just released its annual ranking of the top three public companies in each of the 50 states. Here’s a hint: One of ours is a bank that loves bicycles, while another, despite seeing greatly improved numbers recently, still has an unquestionably rocky future. But its shareholders don’t care. – Forbes

Shoe Station founder still has sole

When Rich's, the Atlanta-based department store where Terry Barkin worked for 22 years, was purchased by Federated Department Stores in 1979, Barkin stayed on at his job for a few years until he "hit the glass ceiling." By 1984, he was faced with a choice, he said: Either go to work for another company, or use his experience to start his own business. – AL.com

Ford begins its biggest gamble

It's Ford Motor Co.'s biggest bet in decades: an aluminum-sided F-150 that could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown. Ford was scheduled to start production of the 2015 F-150 today at its Dearborn Truck Plant, four miles from the company's headquarters. It will arrive at U.S. dealerships next month. – AP/El Paso Inc.

High court to hear accountability case

The Alabama Supreme Court will hear arguments on the state government’s appeal of a judge's ruling striking down the Alabama Accountability Act. The case is third on the court’s docket for a hearing that starts at 9 a.m. on Dec. 3 in Montgomery. – AP/Sand Mountain Reporter

New exhibit remembers WWI vets

Jim Vann traveled to the Alabama Department of Archives and History from Macon, Ga. for two family members: His great-uncle Dan Vann, and his cousin Phipps Kennedy. Both men served in World War I, and paid a terrible price: Kennedy was killed in action, and Dan Vann was machine-gunned across the pelvis and gassed, leaving him disabled. They are remembered in the Museum of Alabama's new exhibit, "Alabamians in the Great War." – Montgomery Advertiser

New lawmaker wants double dip

A legislator re-elected last week has gone to court to challenge a law prohibiting legislators from having a second state job. Democratic Rep. Dexter Grimsley of Newville filed suit in Montgomery County Circuit Court to challenge the law that took effect the day after the Nov. 4 legislative elections. – AP/WDEF

Suit filed in bad airbags case

Takata Corp., maker of automobile air bags with a potentially lethal defect that prompted the recall of almost 8 million cars, was accused in a lawsuit of a years-long cover-up. The suit in Los Angeles federal court accuses Takata of discovering the flaw in tests about a decade ago and then destroying records of the study. – BusinessWeek

AssureStart opens in Alabama

AssureStart, an online small business insurance provider, is now open for business in Alabama. AssureStart sells business property and general liability insurance on the Internet to small businesses with fewer than 30 employees. – BusinessWire

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