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Top News Links: Monday, Oct. 27

Biotech giant among 8 honorees

Jim Hudson, co-founder of Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, will be inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor today in a group of eight that includes Apple CEO Tim Cook, University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban and U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions. – AL.com

Washington Post research: Bentley an ‘overperformer’

The Washington Post last week published an article titled “Governors to watch for 2016 and beyond” suggesting that Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley should be added to the list of GOP governors who are considered viable presidential contenders. So how did the Washington Post come to this surprising conclusion? Polling. – Yellowhammer

This insurance agent didn’t wait for state

Insurance agent Mark Cagle of Mobile was faced with a career-defining decision when open enrollment kicked the Affordable Care Act into high gear last year. "Do I want to stay relevant and help people in this watercooler environment, or do I want to risk losing them with health insurance and everything else?" said Cagle, owner of Cagle Insurance and Financial Services. He decided to open his own health insurance exchange. – AL.com

Intern identified in fatal steel accident

Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa is investigating a workplace fatality that occurred last week at its plate steel mill in Tuscaloosa, according to General Manager Randy Skagen. “On behalf of all our Nucor teammates, I want to express my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Korey Ryan. We are deeply saddened by this event,” Skagen said in a statement. Ryan, 27, was a student at Shelton State Community College who had been interning with the company since July. – Alabama’s 13

Boohaker, Schillaci & Co. folded into CRI

Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC has enhanced its presence in Alabama by merging in Boohaker, Schillaci & Co., whose offices will retain their current personnel and seven partners and operate under the CRI name. “CRI’s Birmingham office experienced double-digit organic growth this year, and this expansion perfectly aligns with our increasing client service and market demands,” William Carr, CRI chairman and managing partner, said in a statement. – Accounting Today

Company helps decode aging in America

Kyla Kelim, a lawyer from Fairhope, specializes in helping people understand the financial and legal ways to safeguard assets and be able to afford the care they need as they age. Kelim owns a company called Aging in Alabama and was the keynote speakers at the Elder Protection Seminar held in Jasper last week by the district attorney’s office Walker County chamber officials. – Mountain Eagle

Training center targets business needs

Education and government groups announced a partnership Thursday to help train students in the skills that Montgomery-area businesses need the most. The plan is to eventually create a Montgomery Regional Workforce Training Center to teach manufacturing and information technology courses, along with "soft skills" such as how to dress and behave professionally. – Montgomery Advertiser

Weather.com has new series on wonders

Majestic mountains, wild rivers, breathtaking canyons. Many of Mother Nature's most stunning creations can be found right here in the United States. In a new photographic series exploring America's natural beauty, weather.com is choosing and highlighting seven spectacular wonders from each state. Among them: picturesque Noccalula Falls in Gadsden. – Weather.com

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