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Top News Links: Friday, Sept. 5

AG says BP ruling means millions

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says the state will benefit from a court ruling that could mean billions of dollars in damages for the 2010 Gulf oil spill. He says a judge’s decision that oil giant BP caused the spill through reckless conduct means the company will pay additional civil penalties. – AP/Montgomery Advertiser

National debt understood by few

For many years, popular belief has been that China is the largest single holder of the debt held by the public. While U.S. citizens and institutions hold the greatest portion of the debt (about 29 percent), China was the largest single holder until five years ago. But today that distinction belongs to the Federal Reserve (Fed). – Montgomery Advertiser

NASA 3-D prints rocket parts

NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed by additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. NASA engineers designed a rocket engine injector - a highly complex part that sends propellant into the engine - with design features that took advantage of 3-D printing. – Optics.org

Southern moved to ‘outperform’

The Southern Company was upgraded by equities research analysts at CIBC from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. – WatchList

Luxury apartments open in Huntsville

The 246-unit Artisan at Twickenham Square luxury apartment complex held a grand opening Thursday south of downtown Huntsville. “We've got 10,000 jobs within walking distance of here, we've got a grocery store within 50 yards and soon we will have 23,000 square feet of additional retail literally across the street," says Sam Yeager of Bristol Development Group. – AL.com

Even ministers get the job blues

What happens to ministers when they're terminated? Studies show it often takes six months or more to find a new ministry position. Ministers may find themselves without income while conducting their job search. Often the terminated minister is not at his best and doesn't interview well. – Baptist Press

State still bulging at equator

Two new national studies present Alabama as a state where nearly one-third of adults are obese while others have trouble putting meals on the kitchen table. A report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 32.4 percent of Alabama's adults are obese. That's the eighth highest rate in the nation. – AP/Moulton Advertiser

Alabama Aircraft Support now Arista

"We are starting a new chapter today.  We are announcing Arista Aviation, which stands for excellence in aviation in the Enterprise community," said Arista Aviation president Rich Enderle. Enterprise city officials and company representatives official unveiled the name change from Alabama Aircraft Support to Arista Aviation Thursday at the Enterprise Municipal Airport. – Dothan First

Doster completes hospital expansion

Birmingham-based Doster Construction Company has completed the construction of the University of South Alabama’s Children’s & Women’s Hospital expansion. The new facility, which nearly doubled the hospital’s size, houses patient rooms, eight operating rooms, two endoscopy rooms, support areas and a full-service cafeteria.  – BizJournals.com

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