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Top News Links: Wednesday, Dec. 31

Oh, and we need $35 for parking

The toughest challenge for Alabama fans planning to attend the Crimson Tide’s playoff semifinal game against Ohio State will be finding affordable accommodation. Just about every hotel — if rooms are available — is requiring a minimum three-night stay, and travelers will be hard-pressed to find space for less than $350 per night. Most hotels also are charging $35 per day for parking. – Decatur Daily

Nearly all of state’s Obamacare ranks need subsidies

A Tuesday report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that 91 percent of Alabamians who selected a 2015 health care plan through the Obamacare marketplace are getting financial assistance to lower monthly premiums. – AL.com

Birmingham gets its own bowl, for now

When East Carolina was in town for the first installment of the Birmingham Bowl, the game was called the Papajohns.com Bowl. Last year, Vanderbilt outscored Houston 41-24 in the same bowl game, known as the BBVA Compass Bowl. When the Pirates face Florida in the game Saturday, they will compete under the banner of the Birmingham Bowl. But it's not because organizers didn't try to find a title sponsor. – AL.com

B&G completes Baptist Med facility

Brasfield & Gorrie Tuesday announced the completion of the new Baptist Medical Center-Leake in Carthage, Mississippi. This new hospital is owned and operated by Baptist Health Systems in Jackson, Mississippi. The 54,690 sq ft, 25-bed critical access hospital includes an emergency department, radiology suite, specialty clinic, pharmacy, laboratory, patient wing, dietary and food services area, and ancillary spaces. – News release

Grant will help Eufaula business expand

A $200,000 grant awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley will help a Eufaula business expand and add 20 new jobs to its existing workforce of 75 people. The Community Development Block Grant will fund sewer improvements required for CARBO Ceramics Inc. to build an addition to its Arch Drive plant. CARBO Ceramics manufactures products and provides services for oilfield service companies and operators of natural gas and oil wells. – Dothan First

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