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Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 26

‘A flophouse for entrepreneurs’

Brandon Kruse, 24, built and sold a technology company called DialMaxx for enough money to buy his own surplus Huntsville school building for $500,000. He's putting another $100,000 into improvements. The result in a few months will be what Kruse has jokingly called "a flophouse for entrepreneurs." – AL.com

Airlines adjust for pre-holiday storm

Big U.S. airlines have begun to waive change fees for passengers ticketed to fly to several airports in the path of a pre-Thanksgiving Day storm. – USA Today

PointOne acquires Birmingham office space

PointOne Holdings, a real estate investment group with offices in Hollywood, Florida, and Atlanta, in partnership with ESJ Capital Partners, has acquired International Park and Blue Lake Center in Birmingham for $51 million or $135 per square foot. The three buildings encompass 377,921 square feet of high-quality Class “A” office space in one of Birmingham’s most sought after submarkets, the 280/459 corridor. – News release

Somebody print me a screwdriver

History was made on the International Space Station early Tuesday morning when the first 3D printer built to operate in space successfully began manufacturing. This is the first time that hardware has been additively manufactured in space, as opposed being launched from Earth. – BusinessWire

Four Alabama metros are ‘Smartest Cities’

Four Alabama metropolitan areas ranked among the nation’s 100 “Smartest Cities” in an analysis that examines which metro areas are gaining brainpower in the 21st Century. NewGeography scored the Auburn-Opelika MSA as Alabama’s top-ranking metro area, landing at No. 4. Huntsville was No. 61, and the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metro area was No. 73. Birmingham-Hoover ranked No. 100. – Made In Alabama

KBR reversal leads to 131 Decatur layoffs

Texas-based KBR has lost its maintenance services contract with BP in Decatur, resulting in about 131 layoffs for its workers. But Jim Mouch of Turner Industries, which won the multi-year contract through a competitive bid process, said his company has interviewed the majority of KBR's employees and intends to bring most of them on to complete maintenance and capital project work for the petrochemical plant. – AL.com

Company donates lab equipment to UA

Chemical Waste Management-Emelle has donated lab equipment valued at approximately $40,000 to The University of Alabama’s department of geological sciences. The instrument, an inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer, will be used in research projects to analyze the major, minor and trace element composition of liquids. – UA News

Selma plant faces health fines

A Selma foam plant that makes cushions for Hyundai vehicles is facing citations and fines for violating federal health and safety rules following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation. The Renosol plant was the subject of a July NBC News story on workers who said they experienced respiratory illnesses such as chronic coughs, bronchitis and asthma. – NBC News

GMC selected for water project

The Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission announced Tuesday that it has selected architecture and engineering firm Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. for Phase I of its upcoming water intake and water treatment facility project in South Carolina. – News release

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