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Top News Links: Tuesday, Oct. 29

Poultry producer Koch Foods to expand in Alabama

National poultry company Koch Foods has announced plans to expand in Alabama with a $20 million investment in Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph and St. Clair counties. — Anniston Star

Infosys, U.S. government reportedly settle visa dispute

Indian software exporter Infosys has reportedly reached a $35 million settlement with the U.S. government over charges that it misused visas to bring Indian labor to fill U.S. jobs, a claim originally brought by a whistle blower at Infosys' Alabama office. — Bloomberg

Strange files Alabama challenge to federal health care law

Attorney General Luther Strange has joined forces with the Catholic Eternal Word Television Network to challenge provisions of the new federal healthcare law that require employers to include birth control coverage. — Washington Post

ASU audit battle continues in argumentative meeting

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama State University officials met yesterday in an acrimonious meeting to discuss a recent state-ordered forensic audit of the school. — WSFA-TV

Plum Creek buying MeadWestvaco timberlands

Investor Plum Creek has announced plans to buy more than 500,000 acres of timberland in Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia from MeadWestvaco for $869 million. — Wall Street Journal

Hyundai poised for another record year

Alabama's Hyundai plant, which produced a record 361,000 cars last year, is on track to make nearly 400,000 this year. — Birmingham News

McClellan developers begin work on retirement community

Developers who are converting the former McClellan Army base into a diverse community began work this week on a new retirement village within the property. — Anniston Star

First Titan announced production figures

First Titan, which bought into Alabama's Little Cedar Creek Field in the past few years, says it has tested a new Alabama well that is producing 370 barrels of oil and 240,000 cubic feet of gas daily. —  Your Oil and Gas News

Greenville residents see big health insurance rate hikes

Residents of Greenville are seeing big jumps in premiums, according to a Facebook poll by the local paper, with some paying double their earlier rate. – Greenville Advocate

New rocket plan earns patent for UAH student, professors

University of Alabama in Huntsville grad Sean Entrekin and two professors, Brian Landrum and James Blackmon, have earned a patent for their project to more efficiently package rocket engines. — UAH PR

Coal ash disaster revisited

Five years after an accidental release of coal ash by the TVA, the surrounding area is cleaner but uninhabited. — Clean Energy

Talladega, Sylacauga residents dispute poverty ranking

An internet website used Census Bureau statistics to name the Talladega-Sylacauga region as the fifth poorest in the nation, but local residents say it just isn't so, with a super speedway, a major auto plant, a school for the deaf and blind and other key elements in the local economy. — WVTM-TV Birmingham

Alabamians among most likely to light up

An Internet website survey lists Alabama among the top 10 states for smoking, with 23 percent of high schoolers using cigarettes. — ABC News

Look out! Crazy ants within four miles of Alabama

Tiny ants that don't sting or bite but do swarm in places like floorboards and car engines have been working their way north and are now within four miles of Alabama, entomologists say. — The (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) Gazette

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