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Top News Links: Friday, Nov. 13

Using satellite images, she catches antiquities looters

Sarah Parcak, an anthropologist at the University of Alabama and a National Geographic fellow, does "space archaeology." It's a description that invites comparisons to Indiana Jones - comparisons that Parcak, who admits to possessing a brown fedora, a leather satchel and a healthy thirst for adventure, wholeheartedly welcomes. – NDTV.com

Honda gives glimpse of new Alabama-made pickup

Honda has unveiled a new race truck that also offers a preview of the redesigned 2017 Ridgeline pickup, a vehicle that will be produced at the Japanese automaker's Alabama plant. The Ridgeline Baja Race Truck, revealed last week at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, marks the company's return to off-road truck racing. – AL.com

UA president references Missouri racial unrest

Recent unrest at the University of Missouri highlights the need for greater inclusion and diversity at all colleges and universities, University of Alabama President Stuart Bell said Thursday. In a statement emailed to staff, faculty and students, Bell said, “These struggles require all of us to look at our universities and ourselves with a new lens, examining past practices and renewing our continued commitment to equality and inclusion for everyone.” – Tuscaloosa News

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill closes in Birmingham

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill has closed its locations in Alabama as part of a national restructuring by its parent company, Ruby Tuesday. Maryville, Tennessee-based Ruby Tuesday announced last week that it would be closing 11 Lime Fresh Mexican Grill locations and selling the remaining eight, all in Florida, to Rubio's Restaurant for $6.3 million. – AL.com

Artisan distiller arrested for unlicensed effort

Authorities have arrested a man after finding a 400-gallon moonshine still at a Sumter County home. Multiple media outlets report 57-year-old Reginald Williams of Cuba, Alabama, was arrested Nov. 10. He is charged with five counts of possession of a still and one count of manufacturing moonshine. – Sun Herald

Bentley reportedly mulling Medicaid expansion

The conservative Republican governor of Alabama, a Deep South state where "Obamacare" is often reviled, said Thursday that his administration is mulling an expansion of the state's Medicaid program under the federal health care law. Gov. Robert Bentley said funding the state's share of costs could be a major stumbling block. – ABC News 

Nearly time to ponder end-of-year tax strategy

The Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 provides state income tax credits to certain donors who make contributions to a state-approved scholarship granting organization (SGO) operating within Alabama. The Act was amended earlier this year to, among other changes, expand the tax credit provisions related to contributions made to SGOs. – Lexology.com

Talks begin on merging Alex City community college

The Board of Trustees of the Alabama Community College System began to position itself Thursday toward a merger of Alexander City’s Central Alabama Community College with two more state community colleges at their November monthly meeting Thursday. The trustees met at the Alabama Community College System building in Montgomery. – Alex City Outlook

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