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Top News Links: Wednesday, Dec. 17

The Pig will return to Mountain Brook

The City of Mountain Brook Tuesday night approved a change and zoning and an incentive agreement to bring the Piggly Wiggly back to Crestline Village. – AL.com

Baptist Health, Tenet to combine efforts

Baptist Health System has announced it has signed an exclusive, non-binding Letter of Intent with a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corp., the parent company of Brookwood Medical Center, to form a new, jointly owned company that will include all Baptist Health System hospitals, Brookwood Medical Center, and their related businesses. – Mountain Eagle

Mobile shopping center sells for $5.7M

Vigouroux Marketplace, a west Mobile shopping center was sold to an unnamed buyer from out-of-town recently for $5.7 million.  The 66,125-square-foot facility located at 9948 Airport Boulevard sold for approximately $86 per square foot, according to the news release from commercial real estate firm Marcus & Millichap. – AL.com

Norquist: No ‘wiggle room’ in Bentley pledge

For the second time in as many weeks, the country’s most well known anti-tax crusader is urging Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to stick to his signed oath to Alabama voters not to raise their taxes. Grover Norquist is head of the Washington-based nonprofit Americans for Tax Reform, best known for organizing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. – Yellow Hammer

Baumhower to open at RSA Bank Trust

Plans are under way by Bob Baumhower to open a pair of restaurants in downtown Mobile in one of the city's most iconic pieces of real estate. Baumhower, owner of a string of restaurants in Alabama, will open a high-end restaurant on the 34th floor of the RSA Bank Trust Building in the space once occupied what used to be the famous Bienville Club. At the same time, he will also open a more casual bar/restaurant in that building's basement that features small plates and a cigar bar. – AL.com

ASU board gets new member

The Alabama State University board of trustees has a new member. Bessemer attorney Lonnie Washington, a 1988 ASU grad, was appointed Tuesday by Gov. Robert Bentley. Should Washington be approved by the state Senate, he will take the spot formerly held by Birmingham businessman Larry Thornton, who resigned his position in November due to a conflict of interest. – Montgomery Advertiser

Wiregrass getting new innovation center

Entrepreneurship and business development will be the focus of a new program on Troy University's Dothan Campus. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation is the outcome of a series of meetings between Sorrell College of Business officials and business leaders in Dothan about making the college more relevant to them and the Wiregrass region of Alabama. – News release

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