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Top News Links: Friday, August 29

Lawmakers worry about Shariah law

In what some call an effort to demonize the Islamic faith, Alabama this fall will become the newest state where voters will deliberately ban their courts from considering foreign, international or religious law. – Governing

Prison solo-bidding pondered

The bidding process for Alabama's $224 million inmate health care contract may have been biased towards the sole vendor that bid for it, a letter sent to prison officials alleges. Wexford Health Sources executive Edward McNeil wrote the letter to Alabama's top prison health care official Ruth Naglich in August 2012 to explain why Wexford did not compete for the work. – AL.com

Accountability act unconstitutional?

Superintendents of 30 of Alabama's 136 school systems have joined in a lawsuit claiming the Alabama Accountability Act is unconstitutional. – AL.com

Uber launches in Tuscaloosa, Auburn

Uber is officially launching in Alabama today, but don't expect to book a ride in Birmingham just yet.  The popular ride-sharing service is now available in Tuscaloosa and Auburn, and offering Uber users their first five rides for free through Monday. – Alabama’s 13

BioCryst testing new Ebola drug

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced this morning that their small-molecule, nucleoside analogue, BCX-4430, would be entering safety trials in non-human primates within the next few weeks. – Forbes

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