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Top News Links: Monday, Dec. 16

Texas Industries said to explore sale amid construction rebound

Industry analysts say Dallas-based Texas Industries is exploring a sale to top building materials companies, including, possibly, Birmingham's Vulcan Materials.  — Bloomberg

Vulcan Materials announces senior leadership changes

Vulcan Materials Company, the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, announced four key leadership changes in furtherance of the Company's management succession process — Wall Street Journal

Wind Creek Wetumpka opens Tuesday

Wind Creek Wetumpka, a luxury casino and hotel development built on the banks of the Coosa River, will open its doors to the public Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. The project is owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and managed by PCI Gaming Authority. Construction began in May of 2012 and construction payroll exceeded exceeded $100 million. – PR Newswire

Tim Cook speaks out on gay rights, racism

Auburn Alumni, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke out about gay rights, racism and Auburn football, in a speech accepting a Quality of Life Award presented by Auburn's College of Human Sciences. —  al.com

Wintzell's closes Decatur location

Wintzell’s Oyster House closed its two-year-old Decatur restaurant Friday, putting 35 employees out of work. A company spokeswoman blamed the closing on a “general lack of business.” —  al.com

VIVA to try MedSnap ID

MedSnap ID, a prescription drug recognition tool built in Birmingham’s Innovation Depot, will soon be employed by VIVA Health care managers across Alabama. MedSnap uses a smartphone’s camera to identify patient medications and can build patient histories and identify potential drug interactions. —  al.com

Architects select new roost

Architects Tim Holmes and Mike Rutland now work from their newly combined offices at the top of a 15-floor downtown Montgomery building. The two recently merged their firms to create JMR+H Architecture, combining their 18 employees at the 60 Commerce St. location. — Montgomery Advertiser

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