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Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 3

Company brings solar power to benches

In the workshops at Hornsby Steel in Cleveland, Alabama, hulking machines bend and curve steel plates, pipes and rods to the exacting specifications of architects and builders. Sun Charge Systems Inc. produces solar-powered benches that act as charging stations in places like city parks, university grounds, sports fields and remote settings. – Made in Alabama

Alabama’s largest house goes for $4 million

The largest house in the state of Alabama sold at auction Saturday for the low price of $4 million, a real estate agent in attendance confirmed to AL.com. The sale price may be a disappointment for owner Larry House and DeCaro Luxury Real Estate Auctions who held the 11 a.m. auction. – AL.com

Opinion: Medicaid expansion moving too slowly

The time for waffling on expanding Medicaid for the hundreds of thousands of Alabama residents who lack health insurance is over. Gov. Robert Bentley, a physician who should understand the importance of making health care available to lower-income Alabamians, has been moving at a glacial pace toward accepting federal Medicaid expansion dollars through the Affordable Care Act. – Montgomery Advertiser

Rules lead Teacher of the Year to resign

Alabama's Teacher of the Year, Ann Marie Corgill, began the school year teaching second grade at Oliver Elementary in Birmingham, but was soon moved to fifth grade. Corgill is certified to teach pre-k through 3rd grade and also has a National Board Certification. When she found out that despite her board certification and Teacher of the Year honors she was not fit to teach fifth grade, she resigned. – KTVZ

Some of Austal’s work going to Michigan facility

The U.S. subsidiary of Austal, an Australian maker of military patrol boats and amphibious assault vehicles, expects to fulfill at least one-quarter of its new $53.5 million early development contract work in Michigan. Alabama-based Austal USA has that award from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C., for initial engineering and long lead-time material procurement for the Expeditionary Fast Transport. – CrainsDetroit.com

Blue Bell now in phase 2 of re-entry

Blue Bell Ice Cream has begun phase two of its market re-entry, initiating deliveries on Nov. 2 to stores located in Dallas, Fort Worth and Waco, Texas, and Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla., as well as the surrounding areas. Blue Bell returned to stores in select markets, which included the Austin, Brenham and Houston, Texas, areas as well as Birmingham and Montgomery, where the product was produced, on August 31. – Food Business News

Land cleared for new hospital

Demolition has began on clearing a more than five-block section of property in east Florence near the intersection of Veterans Drive and Helton Drive where a new hospital will be built. Russell Pigg, CEO of Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, told the Lauderdale County Commissioners Monday in a work session, that progress on the new 280-bed hospital is moving well. – TimesDaily

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