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Top News Links: Friday, Oct. 31

Austal expect to deliver dividend

Ship builder Austal expects to deliver a dividend this financial year as its works through $2.6 billion in orders for the US Navy and Australian Customs. The company is building 20 vessels for the US Navy, eight Australian Customs and Border Protection boats, two commercial vessels and two Navy vessel for Oman by 2018. – Business Spectator

Chicken Salad Chick founders honored

The Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Alliance awarded Chicken Salad Chick Founders Kevin and Stacy Brown the honor of Restaurateur of the Year at their 15th Annual Hospitality Stars of Alabama Awards this week. – News release

Moore not guilty on perjury charges

A jury found Republican Rep. Barry Moore not guilty of charges of perjury and giving false information on Thursday in the first trial to come out of an investigation that targeted Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard. Jurors found Moore not guilty of two charges of perjury and two charges of giving false information. – AP/Tuscaloosa News

Development in Rainbow City planned

Inland Real Estate Corporation today announced that it has acquired 13 acres of land for the development of The Shoppes at Rainbow Landing, a 65,000-square-foot shopping center that will be located in Rainbow City. The center, which is 74% pre-leased, will include a 45,600-square-foot Publix grocery store and approximately 16,000 square feet of shop space, with two outlots available for future development. – BusinessWire

Media General wins bid to buy LIN

Media General Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy LIN Media LLC after agreeing to divest television stations in five markets, including Birmingham, the Justice Department said on Thursday. The deal was valued at $1.6 billion when it was announced in March. – Reuters 

ArcelorMittal creates new flat-rolled segment

ArcelorMittal has created a new North American flat-rolled segment, with an eye to improving performance. The company announced the move this week. Part of the plan will accelerate the successful integration of AM/NS Calvert, a steel finishing facility in Alabama which ArcelorMittal acquired as part of a 50/50 joint venture with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation. – Chesterton Tribune

Helena excited about new med facility

A new medical care facility is moving into Helena next to the Walmart Neighborhood Market with plans to open next year. The location for It's About Time Urgent Care is the former Movie Gallery storefront located at 225 Helena Market Place. – AL.com

State tourism department to assist counties

Local business owners, directors of chambers of commerce and the state’s top tourism official met this week to talk about how to entice tourists to east Alabama using the area’s natural beauty. – Anniston Star

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