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Top News Links: Thursday, Oct. 16

Intergraph picked by German Federal Police

German Federal Police, one of Europe's largest police forces, has selected Intergraph Planning & Response to manage planned and unplanned major events. The software integrates seamlessly with the agency's existing Intergraph computer-aided dispatch (I/CAD) suite and facilitates effective support and analysis for emergency preparedness and response operations. – News release

Sitel adding 300 jobs in Hamilton

Sitel, a global customer care provider, today announced it is expanding its customer care call center in Hamilton.  This will entail hiring 300 positions to support expansion by its client, a leading digital cable, HDTV, DVR, high-speed Internet and local and long-distance phone provider. – Providence Journal

Seahorse Bioscience, UAB team up

Seahorse Bioscience and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have announced that they have entered into a partnership to study the bioenergetic health of cells in cryopreserved blood – a step that will ultimately produce a first-of-its-kind clinical test of metabolic bioenergetic health. – PRNewswire

Mobile’s Battle House to fix ADA violations

A complaint by a Battle House Hotel guest who had trouble maneuvering her wheelchair on Royal Street two years ago led to an announcement Wednesday that the hotel's owner has agreed to fix hundreds of federal violations. – AL.com

Three Alabamians convicted in BP fraud

Federal prosecutors said three people have been convicted of fraudulently filing Gulf Oil Spill Fund loss claims. Officials said 53-year-old Marcella Truss, her 42-year-old husband Martee Davis and the woman’s 42-year-old brother Howard Carroway were each found guilty of trying to steal more than $3 million from a fund established by British Petroleum. – Insurance Journal

Memorial service for Hubbert set Saturday

The memorial service for longtime Alabama Education Association leader Paul Hubbert is planned Saturday in Montgomery. A spokeswoman for AEA says the family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Friday at Heritage Funeral Home in Montgomery. The memorial service will be at noon Saturday at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center. – AP/WDEF

Belk launches one store, revamps another

Belk marked two milestones in Alabama on Wednesday morning with the launch of a new 170,000-square-foot flagship store at Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville and grand reopening of its recently renovated store at Riverchase Galleria in Birmingham. – AL.com

Fitch rates Birmingham GO bonds stable

Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA' to the following general obligation (GO) bonds to be issued by the city of Birmingham, AL (the city): $48.5 million GO refunding bonds, series 2014-A; $49 million GO refunding warrants, series 2014-B. BusinessWire

Shoals sprucing up for KMB meeting

The Shoals region has been working to look its best as Keep The Shoals Beautiful prepares to host 100 representatives of 44 Keep America Beautiful affiliated chapters from throughout Alabama and Mississippi. – News release

Renasant now covered by Hilliard Lyons

Hilliard Lyons assumed coverage on shares of Renasant Corp. in a report released on Wednesday, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. The firm issued a buy rating on the stock. – WKRB-13

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