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Top News Links: Thursday, October 19

Poarch Creek subsidiary acquires two Caribbean resorts

PCI Gaming Authority, an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, says a subsidiary has acquired the Aruba Renaissance Resort & Casino and the Curacao Renaissance Resort & Casino.  The upscale resorts will continue to operate under the Renaissance brand and all team members are expected to remain in place. Renaissance is a registered trademark of Marriott. – News release

Polls suggest Doug Jones, Roy Moore neck-and-neck

Judge Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, is neck-and-neck with his Democratic opponent, former United States Attorney Doug Jones. Moore and Jones are tied at 42 percent among registered voters, according to a poll by Fox News published on Tuesday. Among the 53 percent of registered voters who said they were either extremely interested or very interested in the Senate race, Jones has a slight lead over Moore — 46 percent to 45 percent, to be exact. – Fox News

Caddell Construction shows off its wall prototype

Reporters got a look at eight possible designs for a border wall along the Mexican border this week, including two by an Alabama construction company. The Arizona Republic got a look at the prototypes in San Diego, a few dozen yards from the border that divides the city from Tijuana, Mexico. – AL.com

Owa may succeed where others have failed miserably

The first new amusement park in North America for almost a decade debuted this summer in Foley, Alabama. Its developer, The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, will be hoping that The Park at OWA will be more enduring than the ill-fated Hard Rock Park and Wild West World before it. By integrating the park with a wider leisure, retail and sports complex, it stands a good chance. – Blooloop

Fuel economy, auto autonomy are at engineering odds

Judging from General Motors Co.’s test cars and Elon Musk’s predictions, the world is headed toward a future that’s both driverless and all-electric. In reality, autonomy and battery power could end up being at odds. That’s because self-driving technology is a huge power drain. Some of today’s prototypes for fully autonomous systems consume two to four kilowatts of electricity – the equivalent of having 50 to 100 laptops continuously running in the trunk, according to BorgWarner Inc. – ANC

Favorite Halloween candy in Alabama: candy corn?

Halloween 2017 is fast approaching, which means it's time to find the perfect Halloween costume and start watching your favorite spooky Halloween movies. But what types of candy should you be stocking up on? According to online candy distributor Candy Store, it all depends on where you live. If you live in Alabama, be sure and have plenty of candy corn on hand. The runners-up on favorite candies in the state? Hershey's Mini Bars and Tootsie Pops. – Patch

Alabama behind on irrigating its farmland

A lack of irrigated land means large revenue losses over time for the state of Alabama’s agricultural industry. A story by Paul Hollis on the Auburn University website says only 15 percent of the land currently available for farming in Alabama is irrigated as compared to 40 percent in Georgia and 61 percent in Misssissippi. – Ledger-Enquirer

Gadsden’s ‘Walk Through Time’ combines history, civic pride

What’s up with a walk-through cemetery with costumed characters this time of year that has absolutely nothing to do with Halloween? Go to Gadsden this Sunday to find out, where a generous dose of history, education and civic pride is brewed with the fascination of cemeteries. “A Walk Through Time” takes visitors through the city’s historic Forrest Cemetery (in the daylight, mind you) to meet and greet people playing the roles of some 70 Gadsden leaders and pioneers – many who are their relatives –  at their gravesites. – ANC

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