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Top News Links: Monday, Jan. 16

State prison system to make changes after latest inmate suicide

The Alabama prison system agreed last week to put new suicide prevention measures in place after an inmate killed himself, days after testifying in a lawsuit that claims prisoners receive inadequate psychiatric care. The Alabama Department of Corrections reached the agreement after attorneys for inmates asked a federal judge to impose emergency measures following the death. – AP/TimesFreePress

CoreLinQ will soon anchor new tech hive in Birmingham

A tech company relocating its headquarters to downtown Birmingham is the first step in a massive four-building development that could house up to 10 tech companies at full capacity. Harsha Hatti, owner of CoreLinQ, is working with Joseph McClure to redevelop 212, 214, 216, and 218 20th Streets to a building to house his company's headquarters and many others. – AL.com

Developers buy 10 acres across road from Owa

Local developers Jim Brown and Stacey Ryals paid $660,000 for 10 acres on Baldwin County 20 in Foley, across the street from the 520-acre OWA amusement and entertainment project under construction on the Foley Beach Express and Baldwin County 20 in Foley, according to court records and Realtors. They plan to begin construction soon on a 60-lot RV resort subdivision. Ryals is a Realtor at Bellator Real Estate & Development. – AL.com

About 200,000 Alabamians about to lose health insurance

Nearly 200,000 Alabamians could find themselves without healthcare coverage after Congress set the stage Friday for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a law that is considered the crown jewel of outgoing President Barack Obama's eight years in office. – AL.com

Opelika now boasts a rare virtual reality station

At some point everyone needs to escape reality. Now, you can escape one reality and replace it with another in Opelika. Nestled away right next to the train tracks along 8th Street is one of only five virtual reality stations in the country. "We give you the controllers and a headset and you go into another reality," said Garrison Snelling, owner of Envision VR. – WBRC

Beloved Huntsville toy store says it will close

After 58 years, Southerland Station is closing its doors. "It is with much prayer, waiting and clarity that I announce our bittersweet news," the store's owners wrote on Facebook. "Our family has decided after 58 amazing and precious years, that it is now time to close our beloved Southerland Station." – AL.com

BMW pushes forward with its Mexican plant despite Trump

BMW plans to finish construction of a $1 billion plant in Mexico undeterred by threats from President-elect Donald Trump that he will impose a 35 percent tariff on cars imported into the U.S. from its southern neighbor. – Automotive News

Golden Flake does voluntary recall for HOT Chips

Golden Flake Snack Foods is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of 5 oz. HOT Thin & Crispy Potato Chips. The product has a “Best if Used By” date APR 1417. This Specific Product Code Lot 364-5 or 365-5 is being recalled because it may contain milk and other dairy ingredients not declared on the label. No illnesses have been reported in relation to the product. – Fox-10

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