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Top News Links: Monday, Oct. 31

Five questions for HealthSouth’s soon-to-be CEO

Jay Grinney, who led HealthSouth from legal troubles and near-bankruptcy to a thriving health care company, is retiring after 12 years. But the new guy knows Grinney's direction well: he's been the second in command for nearly a decade. – AL.com

New condo rules may benefit Alabama market

Fallout from the housing crash of 2008 can still be felt throughout the housing market today. One area in particular is the condominium market, where lending over the past eight years has become more strict for individual units. Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a statement that should loosen some of those tighter standards and perhaps provide FHA financing for some condominium purchases. – Alabama News Center

Doster Construction to build $23M VA clinic

Birmingham-based Doster Construction Co. has won a contract to build a $23 million, 65,000-square-foot Outpatient Clinic at the VA in South Hillsborough County, Florida. Work will begin in March and is scheduled to complete in the fall of 2018. Hokanson Companies Inc. is the developer/owner, Doster Construction Company is the general contractor and Nika Solutions is architect. – News release

Lewter Hardware gets props form Popular Mechanics

One of Huntsville's longest-running businesses is among the best hardware stores in America, according to Popular Mechanics magazine. Lewter Hardware, open since 1928 on 222 Washington St. N.E. in downtown Huntsville, was recognized for its old-fashioned, small-town vibe and years of service to the community. – AL.com

Luckie & Co. to represent Bradford Health Services

Luckie & Company is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Bradford Health Services as agency of record. Luckie will be working with Bradford to develop a strategic marketing and communications plan in order to achieve short-term and long-term business objectives through data-driven media planning/buying, digital marketing and overall creative duties. – News release

Alabama gas/coal plant to test Exxon green technology

A 2.7GW mixed-use coal and gas power plant in Alabama has been selected by ExxonMobil and FuelCell Energy to test fuel cell carbon capture technology being developed by the two companies. Under an agreement announced between the two firms in May, the James M. Barry Electric Generating Station near Mobile – operated by Southern Company subsidiary Alabama Power – is to host pilot demonstrations of carbon capture from natural gas-fired power generation. – BusinessGreen

Danish heating plants criticized for using Drummond coal

Two heating plants in Denmark have been burning coal from the controversial Alabama-owned mining company in Colombia. Drummond has been accused of supporting paramilitary groups in Colombia and being behind thousands of murders and the displacement of some 60,000 people. “It’s deeply problematic that Danish energy companies are delivered coal from Drummond, and it is very surprising that the Danish consumer has to get energy from coal mined in such a way,” said Misha Wolsgaard, an Oxfam senior policy advisor. – CPH Post

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