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Top News Links: Thursday, August 9

Construction restarting on apartment, retail building in downtown Birmingham

Construction is restarting this week on the third and largest building in the 20 Midtown development of downtown Birmingham. Revamped plans call for 274 apartments, from studios to three-bedroom units, and at least 38,800 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, said developer Dick Schmalz. The third building compasses an entire block bordered by 20th Street South and Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard and Third Avenue South and Second Avenue South. – AL.com

Birmingham mayor wants Superfund Site expedited

Jimmy Smith has lived in Collegeville all of his life, side by side with the steel industry. He showed up at a town hall meeting at the Shields Center in Patton Park Tuesday Night to thank Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin for a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency to immediately place the North Birmingham 35th Avenue Superfund Site onto the National Priorities List. – CBS 42

Associated Growers Cooperative to build $7.2M cotton gin

Limestone County's first new cotton gin in 60 years is under construction and could be up and running by this fall. The Decatur Daily is reporting that the Associated Growers Cooperative is building a $7.2 million, three-stand cotton gin that will be capable of more than doubling the number of cotton bales previously processed per hour at the old facility. It will replace the cooperative's plant built in the late 1950s. The gin could produce up to 60 bales per hour. – AL.com

Alabama Interactive goes live in Baldwin County

Alabama Interactive, in partnership with the Alabama Secretary of State, has grown their online suite of business services to accept Business Dissolution filings in Baldwin County. Baldwin County is the first county in the state to accept dissolution filings online. Pre-filing dissolution options are available online for all counties not yet participating. – News release

Immunogenomics conference set Oct. 1-3 in Huntsville

Leading immunology and genomics researchers from around the globe will convene at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville Oct. 1-3 for the 6th annual Immunogenomics conference. Immunogenomics lies at the intersection of immunology and genomics and explores the ways in which the human genome interacts with disease. – News release

Two more people indicted with lawmaker in health care fraud case

Two additional defendants are now indicted in an ongoing health care fraud investigation involving outgoing Alabama state Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle. According to federal court records, the two new defendants are doctors who owned practices in Huntsville and Decatur. Both of those practices independently contracted with Henry’s corporation, MyPractice24, to provide services to Medicare Part B patients with chronic illnesses. – WBRC

OSHA fines care dealership connected with fatal fire

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and auto dealership Carl Cannon Inc. have reached a settlement agreement to resolve citations and penalties issued after five employees were injured, three fatally, in a fire at the company's Jasper facility. The company will pay $114,074 in penalties. OSHA's investigation determined that the fire occurred as employees used a flammable brake wash to scrub the service pit floor. – News release

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