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Top News Links: Thursday, July 31

AFC whistleblower case continues

A whistleblower lawsuit against a Birmingham-based chain of walk-in medical clinics for fraud may continue to trial. A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion to throw out the case made against American Family Care by a whistleblower, former employee Anita C. Salters. AFC already paid $1.2 million to the federal government in March to settle charges of "upcoding." – AL.com

Not all whiskey is what you think

Read the promotional materials for the Rancho de Los Luceros Destilaría and you form an image of a supremely artisanal effort. The distillery creates “small batch heirloom spirits handcrafted in New Mexico.” But, in the new crowd of micro-distillers, it is now standard for the alcohol being sold to come not from their own distinctive stills, but from a hulking factory in Indiana. – The Daily Beast

Women in Business Conference today

The Alabama State University Small Business Development Center will host its annual "Women in Business Conference: The Pink Little Toolbox" on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome Ballroom. – Montgomery Advertiser

Fired ASU trustee may sue governor

Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins is threatening to sue Gov. Robert Bentley for removing him as a trustee of Alabama State University. Wiggins sent an emailed letter to the governor, saying the removal violates his due process rights and is in violation of the standards of the university's accrediting agency. – AP

New 1,400-home development planned

Birmingham-Wesley Chapel Investments LLC has announced that it has purchased 350 building lots in the Brookhaven Subdivision, along with an adjacent 550-acre parcel of land, from Four Star Holdings. The land will provide building lots for 1,400 new single-family homes and patio homes, officials said. – TV-24

McManus named to Questar board

James T. McManus II, chairman and chief executive of Birmingham-based Energen Corp., has been named to the board of directors for Questar Corp., an integrated natural gas company headquartered in Salt Lake City. – AL.com

Mobile River bridge may squeeze businesses

Twelve businesses and parts of Austal USA and Harrison Brothers would be acquired under the preferred route for the Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge, according to a recently released federal study into the $850 million bridge project. – AL.com

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