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Top News Links: Thursday, Oct. 15

Alabama joins call to lift Cuba embargo

Nine governors including Robert Bentley urged Congress to lift the economic and commercial embargo on Cuba, according to a letter released today to news media. The governors, all from important farm states, recalled that since 2000 for the first time in four decades sales of agricultural products and foodstuffs to the island were allowed under certain conditions, “Cuba has become an important market for many U.S. Agricultural products.” – Havana Times

UAH building $2 million wind tunnel

The University of Alabama in Huntsville will soon be home to a new $2 million wind tunnel system championed by the university's eminent scholar in propulsion, Dr. Phillip Ligrani. Currently under construction, the new TranSonic/SuperSonic/WindTunnel or TS/SS/WT will reside in the Air Breathing Test Cell at UAH's Johnson Research Center. – UAH News

AL.com says Bentley has a ‘Hillary problem’

Gov. Robert Bentley has a Hillary Clinton problem. As in ... he thinks the state's business is his business. And not your business. Which is bad business for the state of the state. Alabama's governor does not have a state email account. – AL.com

HudsonAlpha wins grant to help establish clinic

Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has received a $100,000 grant to help establish its new genomic medical clinic. The grant from the Jane K Lowe Charitable Foundation was announced Wednesday. The institute has recruited five new faculty members who specialize in reading a patient's genetic profile to diagnose and treat rare diseases. – AL.com

Adtran dips 6 percent after earnings report

Adtran shares dipped more than 6 percent Wednesday after company leaders released its third quarter earnings report. The company says it expects to see Q4 gross margins slightly below Q3 because of a "near-term slowness" in the European market. Because of this, the Huntsville telecommunications company believes revenues will be slightly below historical seasonal averages. – WAAY

Walter Energy lays off 129 at No. 4 mine

About 130 people are losing their jobs at a coal mine west of Birmingham. Walter Energy is laying off 129 workers at Jim Walters Resources No. 4 mine in Brookwood. Company spokesman Bill Stanhouse says the layoffs would take effect Wednesday night. – AP/TribTown

OSHA fines Linden Lumber for safety violations

An Alabama lumber mill faces fines totaling $43,116 for continually exposing workers to potentially deadly workplace safety hazards that could cause amputations, falls and other injuries, OSHA says. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Linden Lumber on Oct. 13 for two repeated and seven serious safety and health violations. – AL.com

Executive Leadership Series happening Nov. 6

On Friday, Nov. 6, The Alabama Leadership Project will welcome business professionals from all over the region to its second Executive Leadership Series at the Downtown Westin in Birmingham. Attendees will hear firsthand anecdotes and applicable lessons on “What It Really Takes to Lead Today’s Changing Workforce” from Richard Caturano, a partner in the Boston office of McGladrey LLP. – News release

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