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Top News Links: Monday, March 26

PACT funding doomed or doomsday?

State treasurer says prepaid tuition program is running out of funds; parents say doomsday predictions are being used to force them to settle. — Birmingham News

Huntsville area home sales up

February pending home sales up from last month, last year are a good barometer of coming trend, realtor leader says. — Huntsville Times

Trash workers walk out, replaced

Union employees at Allied Waste, who pick up trash in Prichard and Citronelle, have walked out over a contract dispute; companies replaces them with non-union workers. — Mobile Press-Register

Legislative update

Lawmakers propose clinic to replace hospital

Several Birmingham area lawmakers are proposing an outpatient clinic as a substitute for funding Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, which provides most of the region's indigent care. — Birmingham News

Bill would give tax breaks for R&D

State lawmakers hope a bill giving tax breaks for research and development work would aid universities and businesses. — Birmingham News

New direct Birmingham-DC air service

US Airways has added three daily flights from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport to Reagan National in Washington, D.C. — Birmingham News

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