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Top News Links: Wednesday, April 2

Montgomery lawmaker caught in ethics case

Former Republican Rep. Greg Wren of Montgomery pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor ethics violation in a Montgomery courtroom. Wren’s attorney claims his client didn’t know a company the former lawmaker represented also had a relationship with an Alabama business.  – AP/Dothan Eagle

There’s big bucks in big bucks

Nationally, commercial game breeding has grown into a multibillion-dollar business. There are 204 licensed game farms in Alabama, and they operate under strict state guidelines as they export animals to other states to be hunted. – Times Daily

Growth shows up on Enterprise Electronics radar

Enterprise Electronics Corp., the world’s leading manufacturer of weather radars, could add up to 20 new jobs this year and expand its Boll Weevil Circle manufacturing facility, a spokesman said Monday. – Dothan Eagle

Prescriptions may soon be written at pharmacy

Health care is changing dramatically, and one of the areas where consumers will continue to see changes is at the pharmacy, where they increasingly will go for health care services instead of just to get a prescription. – Andalusia Star News

Alagasco will demolish depot to grow

Alagasco said it will begin demolishing the historic train depot near 14th Street and First Avenue North in Birmingham this month as plans for its downtown operations center have grown to now require the entire 8.5-acre site. – al.com

Aleris purchases Nichols Aluminum

Ohio-based Aleris announced Tuesday it has purchased Nichols Aluminum, which operates a facility in Decatur, from Quanex Building Productions for $110 million cash. – al.com

Real estate investor charged with conspiracy

A federal grand jury in Mobile returned a one-count indictment against a former real estate investor, charging him with conspiracy to commit mail fraud as part of a scheme related to public real estate foreclosure auctions held in southern Alabama, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. – LoanSafe.org

Scrap yard dealer forfeits $1M to feds

The owner of a Talladega scrap yard is turning over more than $1 million in a plea deal with the federal government. Prosecutors say 61-year-old Edward M. Hindman pleaded guilty to structuring about $120,000 in bank transactions to avoid government scrutiny. – Times Daily

Ohio company to acquire Integrated Med Systems

Steris Corp. of Ohio plans to spend $165 million to acquire an Integrated Medical Systems International of Birmingham, a company that repairs surgical instruments and provides related consulting services. The acquisition is part of Steris' plan to expand its specialty services line of business. – ModernHealthcare.com

Dixon Wells breaks into Virginia market

Birmingham-based Dixon Wells has acquired Richmond-based Special Service Agency to sell insurance and financial products to insurance agents in the Virginia market. – RichmondBizSense.com

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