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Top News Links: Friday, Oct. 25

Poarch Creeks to open Alabama's largest casino in Wetumpka

A new Indian-owned casino, Wind Creek Wetumpka, will soon be the state's largest with more than 2,500 electronic gaming machines and a 20-story hotel; a state lawsuit claiming the slot machines are illegal under Alabama law has recently been moved to federal court, the Associated Press reports. — Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald

Hancock Bank profits down

Mississippi-based Hancock bank announced third quarter earnings of 40 cents per share, down from last year's mark of 55 cents;  Hancock attributed the drop in profits to one-time costs associated with cost-cutting measures. — Mississippi Business Journal

UA team takes data analysis honors for health care cost reduction plan

A team of University of Alabama students won top honors in a national data mining competition by developing a plan to cut the nation's health care costs by focusing on disease prevention rather than treatment. — SAS Analytics/Terradata PR

Huntsville-Madison County ranks 4th for tech jobs

A study by the Progressive Policy Institute ranks Huntsville and Madison County fourth in the nation for its tech/information sector jobs, after three counties in California. — Progressive Policy Institute

Southern Energy Homes moves operations to Russellville

Manufactured housing maker Southern Energy Homes has announced plans to close its 200-employee Double Springs plant in Winston County and moved into larger quarters in Russellville, with a larger staff. — Florence Times Daily

Phoenix Energy growing, moving to Pell City

Phoenix Energy, which modifies vehicles so they operate efficiently on alternative fuels, is moving from Birmingham to Pell City and expects to grow its workforce there. — Talladega/St. Clair Daily Home

Collier family members indicted for BP claim fraud

Several family members of Spencer Collier, the state's secretary of law enforcement, have been indicted on federal charges related to submitting fraudulent BP oil spill claims. — al.com

Grid improvements in Covington

The Covington Electric Cooperative, based in Enterprise, has been awarded $42.5 million loan guarantee to add lines and improve its smart grid, part of a $960 U.S. Department of Agriculture loan guarantee program to improve electrical networks in rural areas. — Renew Grid

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