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Top News Links: Thursday, Oct. 13

Three Alabama malls join Thanksgiving shopping pushback

Three Alabama malls are the latest to join the pushback against opening on Thanksgiving Day. CBL Associates & Properties, which operates Parkway Place Mall in Huntsville, Gadsden Mall in Gadsden and Wiregrass Commons Mall in Dothan, said they will remain closed on Thanksgiving. – AL.com

Mercedes rides SUV popularity to overtake BMW

Mercedes-Benz extended its lead in a race with BMW for the luxury-car sales crown, as a series of new models position it to overtake its rival for the first time in a decade. A jump in deliveries of SUVs and crossovers helped Mercedes increase sales almost twice as fast as BMW in the first nine months, expanding the Daimler AG unit's lead to 57,985 cars, according to manufacturers’ data. – Automotive News

CFD Research wins $1.5M NIH contract

CFD Research Corporation has won a $1.5M contract from the National Institutes of Health to further develop and validate a novel in vitro 3D tumor assay. The new assay will accurately model the tumor microenvironment encompassing circulation in the vessels, transport across vessel walls, tumor cells cultured in a 3-dimensional environment, and stromal and immune components. – News release

Turenne selected for health care leadership program

Bill Turenne, CEO and owner of Turenne & Associates, a Montgomery-based health care company, has been selected to represent Alabama as a member of the American Health Care Association's Future Leaders program. Turenne and others will examine advanced areas of leadership and management as well as engage with state and national lawmakers on important long-term care topics. – Dothan First

Community College System hires new workforce exec

The Alabama Community College System has hired Jeff Lynn as the system's senior executive of workforce and economic development. Officials tell AL.com they are stepping up efforts to work with the private sector to create and fill jobs. Lynn comes to Alabama from Louisiana, where he had worked since 2008 and created and directed training programs that matched the needs of business. – Newsbug

Legal wrangling puts high-dollar divorce case in spotlight

When a Galveston judge ruled in Winnie Alwazzan's favor two years ago, almost no one heard about her divorce case –- even though she was awarded more than $400 million. Winnie Stacey met Isa Alwazzan when they were both students at Lamar University. She's from Mobile, he's from Bahrain. Now, amid claims that Winnie and her lawyers engaged in shady legal practices, that ruling has been overturned. – Houston Chronicle

AT&T Fiber coming to Huntsville area

AT&T Alabama says AT&T Fiber is coming to the Greater Huntsville area, including parts of Madison. Eligible customers and small businesses can connect to a 1 gigabit internet connection on AT&T's 100% fiber network. The Huntsville area is one of 67 large cities where AT&T Fiber service is available. – WHNT

Polaris buys Transamerican Auto Parts for $665M

Polaris Industries Inc. has agreed to purchase Transamerican Auto Parts Co., a maker of off-road four-wheel-drive accessories, for approximately $665 million. Polaris believes the target’s complementary products create significant synergy opportunities that will extend the buyer’s reach into aftermaket accessories. – TMM

Former accountant pleads guilty to stealing $1M from nonprofit

A former accountant with a Huntsville nonprofit corporation pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to defrauding the organization and the Internal Revenue Service. The nonprofit, Huntsville Rehabilitation Foundation, also does business as Phoenix, places people with disabilities into government jobs. – WAAY

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