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Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 26

Today’s the day we get Moore-Strange

In Tuesday's Republican U.S. Senate runoff, bombastic conservative Christian candidate Roy Moore faces the appointed, business-backed incumbent Sen. Luther Strange. Despite Strange's support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, GOP Senate leaders and President Donald Trump, Moore has consistently led in the polls. If he wins the nomination and then the December general election, mainstream Republicans would add a rebellious voice to the GOP Senate caucus. – CNBC

Lockheed Martin CEO donates $5M to Culverhouse

The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration on Monday celebrated a $5 million gift from Marillyn A. Hewson, chairman, president, and CEO of Lockheed Martin. The gift will support Culverhouse’s education and research in business-data intelligence and cybersecurity. – News release

Vulcan draws competition in bid to buy competitor

Birmingham's Vulcan Materials Company announced last month it planned to buy a Canadian competitor in a $252 million deal in Canadian dollars, but a competitor has since made a higher offer. Polaris Materials Corp., a developer and operator of construction aggregate quarries in Canada, announced Friday it got an unsolicited offer from a "major U.S. construction materials company listed on a U.S. stock exchange." – AL.com

Raycom to merge with Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.

Two media organizations that own dozens of newspapers and television stations across the nation are announcing a merger. Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. and Raycom Media Inc. have agreed to merge into a new privately owned media group, CNHI said in a statement Monday. Both companies are based in Montgomery and are financed by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, which manages pension funds for state employees. – AP/NOCB

Montgomery County pays ransom to retrieve hacked data

After hackers targeted one of the largest counties in Alabama with a ransomware attack last week, officials in Montgomery County were forced to pay a ransom of $37,000 worth of Bitcoin to unlock nearly 70 terabytes of data. The county was given one week to pay the ransom or nearly 70 terabytes of data could be erased from their servers, which had been locked by the ransomware attack, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. County Commission Chairman Elton Dean said that the files were valued at $5 million and called the attack an “emergency situation.” – RT

Birmingham launches campaign to win Amazon headquarters

Birmingham and Jefferson County have officially launched a campaign to lure Amazon's second corporate headquarters. Mayor William Bell said the city's bid for the headquarters is due in less than 30 days. "There will be a financial cost," he said. "We are working out those issues." – AL.com

Tuscaloosa County development chief Longgrear to retire

Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority Executive Director Dara Longgrear has announced his retirement, effective Nov. 1. Longgrear has held the post for 31 years. The TCIDA announced its board of directors will conduct a search for a replacement in the coming months. "I have been extremely fortunate to have worked in a profession that I love, in a community that I love, and with people that I respect and admire," Longgrear said in a statement. – AL.com

Synovus helps companies wrap up Bass Pro Shops-Cabela’s merger

The deal is done for Synovus Financial Corp. in the overall acquisition of Cabela’s by Bass Pro Shops. The Columbus-based regional bank said Monday that its subsidiary, Synovus Bank, has wrapped up its portion of the merger now nearly in a year in the works. Bass Pro Shops also announced Monday that it and Cabela’s are now one company following the deal valued at more than $5 billion. – Ledger-Enquirer

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