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Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 5

Bentley: ‘Best days are still ahead’

After celebrating re-election by a record margin, Republican Gov. Robert Bentley must figure out how to solve a budget shortfall and ease chronic prison overcrowding early in his second term. Bentley said there are plenty of challenges, but they are not as great when he began in 2010. "Our best days are still ahead," he said at a victory party Tuesday night in Montgomery. – AP/News Courier

Airbus move pressures Boeing, analyst says

Boeing Co. faces fresh pressure to devise a replacement for its discontinued 757 jetliner, favored by U.S. carriers for trans-Atlantic flying, as American Airlines studies a new Airbus Group NV model as an alternative. American’s interest in a long-range A321neo signals that Boeing may have to speed planning for a new 757 version, said Richard Aboulafia, an analyst at Teal Group. – BusinessWeek

Republican majority could shake Fed

As Janet Yellen was preparing to take over the Federal Reserve, she got some advice from the departing chairman, Ben Bernanke: Keep in mind that “Congress is our boss.” Republican Party majority control of the Senate after midterm elections could give fresh impetus to congressional efforts to constrain the Fed’s powers to supervise the financial system and make monetary policy. – Bloomberg

Birmingham tower now Renasant Place

A 15-story downtown building has a new name for its new lead tenant: Park Place Tower is now Renasant Place. Renasant Bank worked with Charlotte, North Carolina-based Allegiance Realty on the new lease at 2001 Park Place North. The Tupelo, Mississippi-headquartered bank has six branches and 125 employees in the Birmingham area. – AL.com

Temenos USA opens Birmingham HQ

Temenos USA, a provider of mission-critical solutions to the financial services industry, this week opened its new headquarters in Birmingham and announced the creation of 20 new software development positions. The 13,000-square-foot office is located at 10 Inverness Parkway and includes a full-time staff of 85. – News release

Hibbett stock sees ratings slump

Hibbett Sports Inc. experienced a ratings drop this week, going from last week’s C to a D. Hibbett Sports operates a chain of sporting goods stores in the southeastern United States. As of Nov. 5, 2014, 17.8% of outstanding Hibbett Sports Inc. shares were held short. – Investor Place

Family at center of hospice concerns

When Hospice of Montgomery focuses on patients dying with dignity, they put the patient and the family at the forefront. They know that all that a lot of people want at the end of their life is to be with loved ones — so they allow that to happen by providing them with not only care, but also ample space for their family, pets and photographs. – Montgomery Advertiser

Gulfstream to sell insurance in Alabama

The Seibels Bruce Group, an insurance services provider of processing, technology and claims solutions, and Gulfstream Property and Casualty Insurance Company, a Florida-based homeowners’ insurance company using Seibels processing solutions, are pleased to announce that Gulfstream has expanded its business and is now offering insurance in Alabama. – BusinessWire

UA going smoke-free in January

As part of ensuring the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff and visitors, the campus will be smoke-free effective January 1, 2015. Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes will be prohibited in all facilities, grounds and parking areas on the UA Campus. ABC3340

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