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Top News Links: Friday, October 7

Be kind to hurricane refugees this weekend

Weathermen took to the airwaves Friday declaring Hurricane Matthew historic, a storm like no other central Florida had seen, one that would rage and ravage. Millions along the East coast were instructed to evacuate. Grocery store shelves emptied. Gasoline ran out. The Sunshine State's governor said, "this storm will kill you." – AP/The Journal

ServisFirst moving up on FDIC state ranking

Birmingham's ServisFirst Bancshares is quickly moving up in the Alabama market, according to a new report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The top banks by deposits - Regions, BBVA Compass and Wells Fargo - remained unmoved, but ServisFirst Bank moved from the sixth-largest market share last year to the fourth-largest market share this year. – AL.com

Alabama’s messy politics are nothing new

Harken back to former Alabama governor, James E. “Big Jim” Folsom, whose record of alleged extra-curricular activities makes the gropings of our current “Luv Gov” pale in comparison. What sets “Big Jim” apart from the rest is his honesty. Rather than dodge reporters when they asked about his “affairs,” Folsom went right to the point. “Did you sleep with a woman in a Phenix City motel?” a reporter asked the governor. “It’s a lie,” Gov. Folsom replied. “Nobody slept.” – Anniston Star

Business leaders hope for yes vote on Amendment 11

A new constitutional amendment on the ballots this November could give Alabama a better chance at attracting big businesses, which means more jobs for Alabamians. Amendment 11 is just one of 14 amendments residents will vote on, so city leaders wanted to take the time to educate voters on the options. – Alabama News Net

CFDRC wins $1 million contract from NIH

CFD Research Corporation has won a $1M contract from the National Institutes of Health to further develop computational tools to optimize pulmonary drug delivery and for model-based personalized management of asthma. – News release

Survey: Alabama business owners more optimistic

Things are looking up for small and mid-sized business owners in Alabama. According to the recent PNC Economic Outlook Survey, 70 percent of Alabama business owners are optimistic about the local economy over the next six months– the most since 2013. – News release

Sherwin-Williams suing Mobile auto repair shop

Sherwin-Williams is suing an Alabama business, alleging breach of contract. Sherwin-Williams filed a lawsuit Sept. 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against Advanced Collision Center of Mobile Inc., doing business as Advanced Collision Center, and Danny Woodward, alleging the defendants breached a signed contract when they discontinued purchasing paint and exclusive products from the plaintiff. – Legal Newsline

Justice Department to investigate Alabama prisons

The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it was launching an investigation into whether Alabama's prisons for men do an adequate job of protecting prisoners from physical harm and sexual abuse by fellow inmates and correctional officers. – Business Insider

Motion Industries acquires Braas Company

Motion Industries Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, has acquired Braas Company. Execution of the transaction was effective October 3, 2016. Braas Company is a distributor of products and services for industrial automation and control. Braas was founded in 1961, and has been an employee-owned company with headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. – MM&D Online

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