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Top News Links: Friday, Oct. 10

How to get a $2,500 (or more) business loan

You're a small entrepreneur with a dream. A small loan would help get you get there, but your bank is not interested in your vision. Who do you call? In Huntsville, the Neighborhood Concepts new Revolving Loan Fund may be your answer. Tailor-made for small start-ups or small businesses needing a microloan to expand, the new program makes "microloans," from as little as $2,500 to as much as $100,000. A business loan for $2,500? Try getting your banker interested in that. – AL.com

B’ham’s Negro League baseball museum to rise

Work on Birmingham's Negro League baseball museum that will be located next to Regions Field is getting closer to a start date. This week, the City of Birmingham pulled a commercial building permit for $2.3 million for the property at 120 16 th Street S., the location of the proposed museum. The 15,750-square-foot facility will include 8,700 square feet of exhibit space, as well as an area for special events and a rooftop restaurant and gift shop totaling 7,050 square feet. – Biz Journals

Deliberations start today in ethics trial

A jury will begin deliberations Friday in the trial of a former Alabama Department of Education official accused of using her position to provide millions to the company that employed her husband. Attorneys presented closing arguments Thursday in the ethics trial of Deann Stone and her husband, Dave Stone. Deann Stone was director of federal programs at the state Department of Education until being forced to resign in late 2010, and her husband is an executive with Information Transport Solutions in Wetumpka. – Moulton Advertiser

Death row inmate sues over lethal drugs

An Alabama death row inmate has filed a federal lawsuit arguing that the state's new lethal injection drug combination has never been tried on any prisoner in the United States and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Boston attorney Aaron Katz filed the suit Wednesday night in Mobile on behalf of inmate Christopher Lee Price. The suit asks a federal judge to block the state from using a new, three-drug combination to execute Price. – AP/SF Gate

Space Station system reaches 100,000 hours

The International Space Station’s EXPRESS Rack 1 – EXPRESS Rack is a multipurpose rack system that houses and supports research aboard the space station -- has now exceeded 100,000 hours of operation as of Oct. 4. Since 2001 the rack has housed numerous experiments leading to ground-breaking science discoveries, Earth benefits and technology innovations. – News release

Austal USA opens West Coast office

Austal USA opened a new office and warehouse on the West Coast to support a growing part of its business, providing support services for the littoral combat ship. The 7,300 square foot facility is in San Diego, Calif., the company announced Thursday. The city has been the home for the first two Austal-built littoral combat ships --  USS Independence and USS Coronado. – AL.com

B&G breaks ground on new Atlanta project

Birmingham's Brasfield & Gorrie has broken ground on Atlanta's newest Ronald McDonald House. The general contractor held a Sept. 30 ceremony to mark the start of construction for the $18.5 million project in Sandy Springs, Ga. – AL.com

More dining, living options for Montgomery

Downtown residents will soon have another option for dining in addition to more living space with the addition of the CBD Montgomery building at the intersection of Commerce Street and Bibb Street. Mayor Todd Strange and Birmingham-based Retail Specialists broke ground on the residential-retail property, which will include three stories with 45 one-bedroom apartment and 9 two-bedroom apartments, on Thursday during a press conference. – AL.com

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