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Top News Links: Tuesday, Dec. 5

Alabama hospitals represented in lawsuit against opioid makers

Hospitals in Alabama as well as Mississippi are suing more than a dozen drug manufacturers, claiming they deceptively marketed and sold dangerous opioids. Jackson, Mississippi’s Clarion Ledger reports the class-action lawsuit was filed late last week in federal court in Mississippi. The plaintiffs are Infirmary Health Hospitals, based in Mobile, Monroe County Healthcare Authority, based in Monroeville, and Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center. – AP/APR

Port leaders concerned by elements in new tax bill

An organization representing port authorities has raised concerns about the tax bill being considered by Congress, and some of them are shared by officials at the Port of Mobile. "If the House provision holds we would definitely be affected, and we think we would feel it fairly soon," said Jimmy Lyons, Director and CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority. – AL.com

Alabama joins suit seeking to block California egg law

A dozen states are banding together to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block a California law requiring any eggs sold there to come from hens that have space to stretch out in their cages. Missouri Atty. Gen. Josh Hawley said Monday that he plans to file a lawsuit on behalf of the states alleging that since California's law took effect in 2015, it has cost consumers nationwide up to $350 million annually because of higher egg prices. – LA Times

Huntsville luxury multi-family project completed

Capstone Building Corp. has completed a luxury multi-family housing development in Huntsville. The Moderne at Providence, located at 30 Gates Mill St. NW, encompasses 383,180 square feet of residential space across the Indian Creek Greenway bridge. – AL.com

Hoover OKs tax breaks for software company

The Hoover City Council on Monday approved nearly $1 million in tax breaks for a software company that plans to relocate its corporate headquarters to Meadow Brook Corporate Park off U.S. 280. The company, McLeod Software, now operates out of a 60,000-square-foot office building in unincorporated Jefferson County and 15,000 square feet of office space in the Riverchase office park, President and CEO Tom McLeod said. – Hoover Sun

Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon rebranding, moving

Engineering firm Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. is rebranding and moving its corporate headquarters to Nashville. The firm, with 62 years in the Birmingham area, is now Barge Design Solutions, with its local offices at 3535 Grandview Pkwy, No. 500. Its corporate office has relocated to a new building at 615 Third Avenue S., in Nashville's SoBro neighborhood. – AL.com

Second Helpings wins Regions Bank nonprofit contest

Regions Bank on Monday announced Second Helpings, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that provides hunger relief, prevents food waste and offers free culinary job training, is the winner of the $5,000 grand prize in the bank’s 2017 “What a Difference a Day Makes” online contest. Other recipients include Birmingham’s Community Food Bank of Central Alabama and Huntsville’s Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama. – News release

Boeing gives to HudsonAlpha STEM program

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology announced today that it received a three-year, $71,000 Boeing charitable grant to fund its Launching Aspiring Biotechnology Scientists (L.A.B.S.) program. Established in 2014, L.A.B.S. equips students from disadvantaged and underrepresented populations with the basic skills and knowledge that are essential in the STEM workforce. – News release

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