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Top News Links: Thursday, October 12

Koch Foods to invest $40.5M in Randolph County feed mill

Koch Foods Inc. plans to invest nearly $40.5 million to build a feed mill in Randolph County that will produce prepared feeds and feeding ingredients to support the growth of a processing plant in nearby Pine Mountain, Georgia. Marilyn Lott, executive director of the Randolph County Economic Development Authority, said Koch Foods will hire 27 full-time employees, plus an additional 19 truck drivers, generating a total annual payroll of nearly $2 million. – ANC

First look at new headquarters for ServisFirst

ServisFirst Bancshares has grown rapidly in the last few years, gaining the fourth-largest marketshare by deposits in Alabama and with the opening of its new headquarters, there's a lot more room for growth. The 100,000-square-foot building at 2500 Woodcrest Place in Homewood will hold about 175 people when it formally opens for business on Monday, but it can accommodate than 400. – AL.com

Casino cameras are always watching, but shooter slipped through

The casino hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, with all their glitzy delights, aren’t just palaces of distraction. They’re miniature surveillance states. A typical facility might be armed with thousands of cameras, which watch gamblers as they enter, while they play and when they leave. The footage is stored as potential evidence and monitored by internal security forces who are prepared to dispatch a response within moments in case of problems. – LA Times

Survey: Smart phones becoming vital health link

As Alabama residents enter this fall’s open enrollment season, UnitedHealthcare has worked with an independent polling firm to uncover knowledge and opinions about a range of health topics. The 2017 UnitedHealthcare Consumer Sentiment Survey reveals Americans’ attitudes about five key health care topics: open enrollment, technology trends, health literacy, customer service, and the future of Medicare. One main takeaway: more Americans are turning to technology first to access health information and care. – News release

Moore caught in falsehood about his income

Former Alabama judge Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, once said publicly that he did not take a "regular salary" from the small charity he founded to promote Christian values because he did not want to be a financial burden. But privately, Moore had arranged to receive a salary of $180,000 a year for part-time work at the Foundation for Moral Law, internal charity documents show. – Washington Post/Chicago Tribune

Ivey approves buildout plan for first responder network

Alabama is bringing modernized communications technology to first responders. Governor Kay Ivey announced her decision Tuesday to accept the FirstNet and AT&T* plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state's public safety community. The FirstNet network will bring advanced tools to help Alabama's first responders save lives and protect communities. – News release

Jury awards man $1.9M after amputation, firing

A jury in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County awarded plaintiff Leon Battle $1.9 million for retaliatory discharge and for an amputation injury he suffered on the job – he was fired for hiring a lawyer. Mr. Battle was represented by Beasley Allen lawyers Larry Golston, Leon Hampton, Jr., Kendall Dunson and Warner Hornsby, along with Montgomery lawyer Tamika Miller. In April 2014, Mr. Battle lost four fingers on his left hand while working to repair a hydraulic hose on a chicken dumpster machine at Koch Foods in Montgomery when the machine suddenly started operating when it should have been shut down. – WSFA 12

Vincindi takes first prize at Shoals Idea Audition

Vicinidi, a social media notification app that sends messages within a specified predetermined zone, took home first prize in Tuesday night’s Shoals Idea Audition. App developer Carl Holden received $5,000 for this winning entry in the entrepreneurship competition. Holden says he invented Vicinidi as a location-based app so that specific targeted messages could be controlled through geofencing, a GPS function that creates a virtual geographic boundary. – News release

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