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Top News Links: Monday, October 8

Republican leader scorns Alabama's ThyssenKrupp deal

Former N.H. Senator John Sununu takes issue with Alabama's subsidies for ThyssenKrupp, says most of $1 billion in subsidies is "gone for good" and calls such subsidies "crazy money." — Boston Globe

Chattahoochee barges in peril

A Corps of Engineers' decision to stop manning locks on the Chattahoochee River could bring barge-borne commerce to a halt. — Atlanta Journal & Constitution

Former HealthSouth CFO takes helm of Ohio pharmaceutical firm

John Workman, who took over HealthSouth as previous leaders headed to prison, has been named CEO of Omnicare Inc., described as "the largest provider of pharmaceuticals to the elderly. — Cincinnati.com

Geneva banker predicts more small-town bank closings

As Geneva's Citizens Bank sells out to Bank of the Ozarks, owner says he expects others to follow. — American Banker

Credit unions work for regulations that would allow deposit of government funds

Credit union officials in Alabama and several neighboring states are pushing for changes in laws so they can accept deposits of government funds. — Credit Union Times

Wind power in jeopardy

The imminent end of a federal subsidy to power companies using alternative energy sources is causing cutbacks in wind power companies. — Bloomberg Businessweek

TVP purchases American Classifieds

TVP, owner of the TimesDaily in the Shoals and other print media, has purchased American Classifieds' wants ads business in Huntsville and nearby areas of Tennessee and Mississippi. — TimesDaily

Committee working on trust fund repayment plan

Senate leader Del Marsh has appointed a committee of fellow Republicans to draft a repayment plan that would give the state trust fund back principal that voters approved in September plus interest. — Gadsden Times

Highway safety expert joins UAB faculty

Dean Sicking, who developed better safety barriers for auto raceways, has joined the UAB engineering faculty; says he hopes to continue making roads safer. — UAB PR

Ag contract to be revamped

A two-year contract to enhance exports and rural development programs has been pulled back so it can be reworked with more specifics. — Tuscaloosa News

Decatur mayor's post on ballot tomorrow

Decatur and other cities face run-off elections Tuesday; Decatur race pits former mayor against attorney with form of government decisions in the offing. — WAFF-TV

Wales weds Blair secretary

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, a native of Alabama, married the former secretary of former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair in a star- and politico-studded wedding this weekend. — Newstrack India

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