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Top News Links: Monday, Oct. 20

State’s jobless rate falls, finally

Alabama's unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent in September, the state's lowest rate in seven months, according to preliminary numbers released Friday by the state. That's down from 6.9 percent in August but still well above the national rate of 5.9 percent. – Montgomery Advertiser

Intergraph headquarters to be unveiled

Two years after breaking ground on its new $58 million headquarters in Madison, Intergraph will finally be ready to unveil the building today during the company's 45th anniversary. Intergraph plans to show off the new 250,000-square-foot facility from 7-9 p.m. at the Interstate 565/Madison Boulevard corridor on 305 Intergraph Way. – AL.com

LCS program wins praise

Lockheed Martin Corp.'s launch of its latest littoral combat ship, the Detroit, provided an opportunity for some of the biggest proponents of the program, including the Navy secretary and members of Congress, to sing its praises — even as the Pentagon reviews its future. – BizJournals

Hubbard, Strange exchange jabs

In the library quiet characterizing most of Alabama's statewide races this year, the campaign for attorney general is a heated argument running through the law, history and philosophy aisles. – The Montgomery Advertiser

New kind of nursing home?

A new type of nursing home may be built soon in Ozark, one that has more caregivers for residents and gives people who live there more say in their daily lives. The Missouri company behind the project, Future Focus of Ozark, LCC, wants to build the $15 million project as eight homes, each with 10 residents who live in private bedrooms that open onto a central living area with a kitchen and dining room. State regulators will review plans for the development Nov. 3. – News-Leader

Renasant enlarging data center

Renasant Bank’s parent company has bought a 37,000-square-foot building for warehouse and office space. Renasant Corp. vice president of external affairs John Oxford says the bank has doubled in the past decade. – AP/Clarion Ledger

State made a Wise investment

Retirement Systems of Alabama invested almost $600 million in Wise Metals. The money has been paid back, and the company has a promising future. One aspect of the Wise Metals sale agreement has gone unnoticed. Constellium, a Dutch company, didn’t ask for any new government incentives before agreeing to the $1.4 billion deal for privately owned Wise that was announced Oct. 3. – Times Daily

Three examples of shining PR saves

Recovering after a media or brand crisis can be a make it or break it moment. Some businesses handle crisis well, some take precautions and learn from previous mistakes, and some will freeze and fail. Recovery potential and duration vary based on several different factors: the scale of the crisis, the brand’s reputation prior to the crisis, and the sincerity of the apology and cleanup efforts. Here are three brands that trumped controversy with flying colors. – B2C

Paul Hubbert left enormous legacy

Paul Hubbert never held elected office, although he did mount two campaigns for governor, but his impact on Alabama politics and public policy was greater than most people who have won elections. His death this week at 78 brought words of respect and praise from a remarkably broad range of public figures in our state. – Montgomery Advertiser

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