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Top News Links: Wednesday, April 20

State’s pediatricians say Medicaid cuts ‘catastrophic’

Hundreds of doctors' offices will be forced to stop taking Medicaid for some patients and lay off staff if Alabama lawmakers refuse to fully fund the health care program, a group of Alabama pediatricians say. Dr. Eric Tyler, of Pediatric Associates in Alexander City said potential cuts would be "catastrophic" to an already thinly stretched healthcare network, especially in rural parts of the state, where many hospitals have already closed. – AL.com

Honda supplier marks 10 years in Cullman County

In just 10 years, Alabama Cullman Yutaka Technologies has nearly tripled its workforce and grown into a premier player in Cullman County. State, company and city officials took some time to commemorate that success on Monday. ACYT manufactures automobile components for Honda Automotive. – Cullman Times

Former top cop files suit against Bentley

Former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming he was wrongly fired last month because he defied Gov. Robert Bentley. Collier filed a nine-count civil lawsuit against Bentley; Bentley’s former top aide, Rebekah Mason; and the man Bentley picked to replace Collier, Stan Stabler, in Montgomery County Circuit Court. – Decatur Daily

UnitedHealthcare looking to exit Obamacare exchanges

UnitedHealthcare, the biggest health insurer in the United States, said Tuesday that it plans to exit most of the Affordable Care Act state exchanges where it currently operates by 2017. That could mean higher insurance premiums in several states -- most notably Alabama, Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska and North Carolina. – Money/CNN

Three teams win UA business plan competition

Three University of Alabama student teams are on their way to starting their own businesses after winning the Culverhouse College of Commerce’s third annual Edward K. Aldag Jr. Business Plan Competition. A synthetic skin to aid in the healthcare industry, a medical surgical device with a panoramic camera and an application-based grocery delivery company targeting college towns are the three innovative business plan ideas that resulted in wins. – News release

Alabama House approves 401k bill for state employees

The Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would enroll new state employees in retirement accounts despite some pushback from legislators who questioned the purpose of the bill. Sponsored by Rep. Phil Williams, R-Huntsville, the legislation would automatically enroll state employees hired after Jan. 1, 2017 in an individual retirement account. – Montgomery Advertiser

Adtran holding semi-annual broadband summit

Adtran Inc., a leading provider of next-generation gigabit software defined access solutions, is hosting its 8th semi-annual Broadband & Business Solutions Summit through Thursday. – News release

Birmingham multifamily market strong in first quarter

The sale of several Birmingham area apartment communities closed in the first quarter, signaling another strong start to the year for investments in Birmingham multifamily properties. Berkadia-Alabama said it closed deals equaling more than $100 million and more than 1,230 units in the first quarter. – BizJournals.com

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