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Volkert Powers Up Its Energy Domain

94-year-old engineering heavyweight Volkert Inc. is rapidly growing a new energy division.

Behind the Billboards with Alexander Shunnarah

The king of Alabama mass-marketing plaintiff attorneys tells us his back story.

Pioneering Private Patient Advocates

To navigate the U.S. health system, it helps to have an experienced pilot.

Can You Really Teach Innovation?

You better bet on it, say the students and educators at UAB, which has just opened the Bill L. Harbert Institute, devoted to the methodology.

Plugging the Hypersonic Missile Gap — The First $1.4 Billion

Advances in hypersonic missiles by Russia and China have put the U.S. behind in airborne weapons. Recent Lockheed Martin contracts — including key work in Huntsville — appear to be aimed at getting the U.S. back into the game.

Landmark Bridge and Highway Venture

Anxious to free the flow of Interstate 10 traffic now bottlenecked at the Wallace Tunnel, officials turn to a public-private partnership to fund a $2 billion bridge.

Miracle of Chemistry Conjures Corporate Poison

What was once proclaimed a miracle of modern chemistry has many Tennessee Valley residents not trusting their water supply. They’re looking for payback from the corporate magician.

Best Companies to Work for in Alabama 2018

The Best Companies Group offers Alabama businesses a chance to evaluate how well they measure up as great employers — both in the eyes of their employees and in comparison to other companies across the state.

Alabama Gold Assayed

Paul Wellborn is having a go at exploration up on Hog Mountain. It’s the closest Alabama has come to rekindling the great Chilton County Gold Rush. Just don’t tell the weekenders ganging up at Gold Camp in Cragford.

A Life-Critical Hedge Bet

VAP Diagnostics’ cholesterol test solves the 60 percent inaccuracy of standard tests. New investors bet this critical technology will flourish, after an earlier fumble by private equity.

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