Top News Links: Thursday, January 3

Huntsville lawyer confirmed for TVA board

Huntsville attorney Joe Ritch has been confirmed as a member of the board for the Tennessee Valley Authority. — Huntsville Times

Construction slips in November

A hold up in federal construction projects while national finances were in flux led to an overall drop in construction spending in November, even though housing starts were up, according to Commerce Department figures. — Montgomery Advertiser

Student aid funds under investigation at ASU

Alabama Bureau of Investigation officials are looking into possible fraud involving student aid funds at Alabama State University. — Montgomery Advertiser

Colonial Properties drops Bluerock

Birmingham-based Colonial Properties has divested its final 10 percent share in Huntsville office owner Bluerock and its responsibility for more than $18 million in mortgage debt and other liabilities. — Nasdaq

Small business hiring up

Small businesses nationwide added 15, 000 new jobs in December, with a 0.02 percent gain in Alabama, according to a new monthly index from Intuit.— Intuit PR

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Great start for Huntsville Dunkin' Donuts

The opening week for Huntsville's new Dunkin' Donuts in November ranks among the company's all time best, owner says. — Huntsville Times

ProAssurance completes acquisition of Medmarc

ProAssurance's acquisition of Medmarc was completed Jan. 1, bringing Medmarc's line of medical technology and life science company liability coverage into the ProAssurance portfolio. — ProAssurance PR

BioCryst update due at Jan. 10 conference

BioCryst CEO is slated to present a corporate summary at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference Jan. 10, available via webcast.  — Market Watch

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