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Top News Links: Thursday, Dec. 11

Grandview Medical Center to open by October

The new Grandview Medical Center that's under construction on U.S. Highway 280 near the Shelby County line should be open by October, Trinity Medical Center Assistant CEO Drew Mason said Wednesday. He made his remarks to attendees at the Chelsea Business Alliance's monthly luncheon at Chelsea City Hall. – AL.com

Souza to become Otelco CEO

Otelco Inc., a telecommunications services provider in Alabama, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia and a provider of cloud hosting, announced that CEO Michael D. Weaver will retire Dec. 31. Robert J. Souza, currently president of Otelco, will take the additional position of CEO. – BusinessWire

ASU on verge of losing 5th board member

The boardroom at Alabama State University could use a revolving door. Since January of 2013, less than two years ago, the 12-member ASU board of trustees (the sitting governor makes the 13th member) has seen four members resign, lost two more to failed Senate confirmations, had another removed by the governor and is on the verge of a fifth turning in his resignation. – Montgomery Advertiser

New venture aims to spark marble supply

The belt of white marble that runs beneath Sylacauga once yielded gleaming architectural elements found in monuments, government buildings, hotels and banks across the nation. For several decades, however, creamy Alabama marble has been in short supply. A new venture spearheaded by Bessemer businessman Roy Swindal and his family intends to change that. – Yellowhammer

Jail lawsuit set for March 2016

A lawsuit over medical care and mental health care for Alabama prisoners is set to go to trial in 15 months. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson scheduled the trial to begin March 14, 2016, in Montgomery. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Center filed the suit in June, saying the state fails to provide basic care to inmates. – Montgomery Advertiser

ServisFirst added to ABA NASDAQ Index

ServisFirst Bancshares Inc., the holding company for ServisFirst Bank, announced Wednesday that it has been added to the ABA NASDAQ Community Bank Index, the nation's most broadly representative stock index for community banks. ServisFirst is one of twelve banks recently added to the index. – PRNewsWire

High court takes on diesel tax question

The U.S. Supreme Court this week took up a railroad's challenge to an Alabama sales and use tax on diesel fuel that goes primarily to public education in the state. The issue is whether Alabama discriminates against CSX Transportation Inc., by charging the railroad the sales and use tax on diesel fuel while exempting motor and water carriers from the tax. – Education Week

Congress takes aim at whole grain

Congress is taking some whole grains off the school lunch line. A massive year-end spending bill released Tuesday doesn't allow schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama, as House Republicans had sought. But it would ease standards that require more whole grains in school foods. – NewsTribune.com

Valen partners with state comp fund

Valen Analytics, a provider of proprietary data, analytics and predictive modeling to help insurers manage and drive underwriting profitability, has announced a new customer engagement with Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Fund. – Insurance News Net

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