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Top News Links: Thursday, Oct. 3

Business execs expect good economy

Business executives polled by the the University of Alabama's Center for Business and Economic Research have confidence in the economy in the upcoming quarter, with Mobile leading the confidence index. — Huntsville Times

BP wins a round in federal court

A federal appeals court has stopped some BP settlement claim payments while ordering the trial judge to reconsider some of his rulings regarding oil spill settlement procedures, a move some analysts say could save BP millions of dollars with one observer calling it a "get-out-of-jail-free card" for BP. — Businessweek

Government shut down now threatening private sector jobs

Defense contract workers at Sikorsky and Pratt & Whitney have been alerted that they may be furloughed later this week because the federal workers who must approve their work in progress  are off the job due to the federal government shutdown; Sikorsky has workers in Alabama, Florida and it's home base in Connecticut. — New Haven Register

CAP says Alabama is fourth worst state for women

Alabama women average only 71 cents per dollar of men's pay, fifth lowest in the nation, and one in five women lives in poverty, while facing the second highest rate of infant mortality, according to new figures from the Center for American Progress. — 24/7 Wall Street

UAB launches entrepreneurship program

University of Alabama at Birmingham has launched its new Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to help boost commercial enterprises based on its research. — UAB PR

AEgis Technologies awarded $9 million contract

Huntsville's AEgis Technologies has been awarded a $9 million contract to develop moving target simulators for the U.S. Marine Corps. — Huntsville Times

E-Electricity set to launch

Using funds it won in the recent Alabama Launchpad competition, e-Electricity — a company based on technology developed by Jaber Abu-Qahouq at the University of Alabama to harvest electricity from radio waves — plans to launch a commercial enterprise. — University of Alabama News

East Alabama Medical Center, Lanier Hospital partner

East Alabama Medical Center and Lanier Memorial Hospital have signed an affiliation agreement, in which Lanier will be operated by a subsidiary of EAMC; together they will provide care in Lee and Chambers counties. — Randolph Leader

Davidson Technologies starts work on new Huntsville HQ

Huntsville defense contractor Davidson Technologies broke ground Thursday on a new $3.5 million headquarters building at Cummings Research Park. — Davidson Technologies PR

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