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Top News Links: Monday, October 16

Expansion gives UAB fastest supercomputer in state

Frank Skidmore, M.D., relies on the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s high-performance supercomputer to help process the brain images he studies to research diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The latest expansion of the UAB supercomputer — named Cheaha after Alabama’s highest peak — increases the computer’s power fourfold and will reduce the amount of time it takes to process one brain image to less than two hours, an improvement that can lead to advanced diagnosis and treatment, Skidmore says. – News release

No new sanctions against Iran good news for Airbus

President Donald Trump's decision not to re-impose sanctions against Iran is good news for Boeing and its European rival, Airbus, which can continue doing business with Iranian airlines that are desperate for new planes. Between them, Boeing and Airbus have announced deals with Iranian airlines that, if finalized, could cover nearly 300 planes worth $40 billion. – AP/WDT

Southeast Alabama sees spike in jobs growth

Manufacturing jobs are on the rise in southeast Alabama. Houston County experienced a 21 percent increase in manufacturing jobs within the past year, the Dothan Eagle reported . It topped by a substantial margin all other Alabama counties. That includes Greene County, which experienced the second-largest increase at 15.5 percent. – AP/USN&WR

Threaded Fasteners Inc. acquires Georgia company

Alabama’s Threaded Fasteners Inc., an employee-owned business specializing in the manufacturing, custom packaging and distribution of steel fasteners, recently welcomed Stateline Fasteners of Rossville, Georgia, to its growing family of businesses. – Torque-Expo

Huntsville OKs $3.7M to rehab old mall site

The Huntsville City Council approved nearly $3.7 million in new public spending last week for the MidCity Huntsville development on the site of the old Madison Square Mall. The money will go to roads, decorative lighting, benches and other open space improvements on the site, the council was told. – AL.com

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