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Top News Links: Friday, October 5

Alabama unemployment claims jump; national rate falls

Alabama saw 823 more unemployment claims this month than last, the fourth highest increase in the nation; overall national unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent, the lowest in four years. — al.com; NBC News

ThyssenKrupp stock up as mill sale talk bubbles

Shares of ThyssenKrupp are up today on stronger indications that several bidders are interested in the firm's mills in Mobile and Brazil — Bloomberg

ULA rocket lifts satellite for GPS use

A Delta IV rocket from Decatur-based United Launch Alliance has lifted a new satellite into Earth orbit; satellite will enhance the GPS network used by military and civilian interests. — Spaceflight Now

Mobile looks forward to fourth

Unlike business leaders in the rest of the state, Mobile's leaders look forward to a strong fourth quarter, according to  University of Alabama survey; Airbus expectations get credit for bright outlook. — Mobile Press-Register

UAB adds medical campus

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will add its third regional medical school campus in Montgomery, in partnership with Baptist Health System; in addition to its main campus in Birmingham, UAB has satellite medical school campuses in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville. — al.com

Headliners announced for Huntsville geospatial conference

Former head of NASA Michael Griffin and of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Robert Murrett  will headline Huntsville's newly renamed GEO Huntsville Conference in November. — Huntsville Times

Nursing home group win grant

Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation has received a $15.2 million Medicare/Medicaid grant to help it continue efforts to reduce avoidable hospitalizations for nursing home residents. — AQAF PR

MAX Credit Union Opelika branch opens today

Grand opening for a new Max CRedit Union branch in Opelika is slated for Friday morning. — Max Credit Union PR

MailSouth becomes MSpark

Helena-based MailSouth, which provides mail services including a new emphasis on digital delivery, has changed its name to MSpark. — MSpark PR

Pennsylvania takes a lesson from Jefferson County

State looks for tighter control on bond-funded infrastructure projects as cities struggle with debt. — Reuters

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