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Top News Links: Tuesday, Oct. 21

Mike Hubbard indicted on 23 counts

Ending months of investigation, accusation and speculation, Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard surrendered to authorities Monday after being indicted on 23 counts of using public office for personal gain. – USA Today

The long road to Hubbard indictments

Here’s a breakdown on the years-long process that led to Monday's indictment of House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn. – The Montgomery Advertiser

Will oil bust hurt Alabama?

Oil prices are in free-fall, down roughly $30 dollars per barrel since late June. And while that puts a bit of a damper on the shale oil drilling boom in states like North Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, it’s great news for consumers. According to Michael Levi, author of The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America’s Future,” Alabama, a state that consumes more oil than it produces, will experience a 0.56 percent drop in unemployment if the current oil prices are sustained. – Yellowhammer

Actual torches light up Intergraph opening

A large crowd watched in awe Monday night as Intergraph's oldest employees carried fiery "torches of new traditions" to celebrate a fresh beginning during the grand opening of its $58 million headquarters in Madison.AL.com

Bioscience trade mission hits Europe

Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield is leading a business development and trade mission to Belgium and The Netherlands this week that showcases Alabama’s capabilities in bioscience and research. The Alabama delegation to Europe on the five-day mission is made up of bioscience companies, research organizations, trade experts, and economic development officials from Birmingham, Mobile, Opelika, and Tuscaloosa County. – Made In Alabama

ST Engineering has a good Q3

Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) said its aerospace arm has sealed new contracts worth $450 million in the third quarter. These new orders span the aerospace sector's repertoire of capabilities covering airframe, component and engine maintenance, freighter conversion, cabin modification, engine wash and pilot training, it said. – Straits Times

B&G completes WellStar Park project

Brasfield & Gorrie recently announced the on-schedule completion of the new WellStar East Cobb Health Park in Marietta, Georgia. The project, which totaled $45 million in construction costs, included a three-story, 162,000 square foot medical office building. – News release

New mill to open in Sumter County

More than 100 people filled the Bell Conference Center on the Campus of the University of West Alabama as a company announced that it plans to build a new $20 million chip mill at the Port in Epes. That company is Global Energy Solutions LLC, which says it chose West Alabama because it has the right infrastructure in place. – WTOK.com

Jury awards plaintiffs in Mazda case

A Bessemer jury returned a $6 million verdict in favor of plaintiffs Sydney McLemore and a $3.9 million verdict for John and Barbara Hurst in a case against Mazda Motor Corporation. – News release

SKF opens Birmingham Solution Factory

SKF has opened in Birmingham to offer application and reliability engineering, customized machined sealing solutions, mechanical services, asset diagnostic services and a full spectrum of training courses. It’s the third SKF Solution Factory to open in the United States and the sixth in North America. – BusinessWire

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