Top News Links: Friday, March 8

Circuit offices to close on Wednesdays

Chief Justice Roy Moore has ordered all circuit clerks' offices in the state to be closed on Wednesdays beginning March 20. — Montgomery Advertiser

Colonial Properties Trust purchases complex near Disney

Colonial Properties Trust purchased the former Atlis at Lakes of Windermere apartment complex located near Walt Disney World for $43 million.— Orlando Business Journal

New contract for Aero Thermo Technology

Huntsville's Aero Thermo Technology has been awarded a $6.8 million contract from the Navy in support of the Trident II Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile strategic systems programs. —

Birmingham recognized in National Geographic

Birmingham is featured in the April issue of National Geographic as a city on the upswing, highlighting aspects of the city's revival including the upcoming Regions Field and award-winning Railroad Park. —

Start-up funds available for small businesses

A group of Calhoun County banks and private investors have created the Advantage Capital Enterprise System program that will offer more than $1 million to new small businesses. — Anniston Star

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Wells Fargo grows consumer lending

Wells Fargo extended the reach of its consumer lending operations in Alabama by 41 percent in 2012. —

Regions Bank proves capable of weathering crisis

Data released by the Federal Reserve shows Regions Bank has enough capital to withstand a financial crisis. —

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