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Top News Links: Monday, March 4

New College of Health Sciences planned at Samford

Samford University trustees approved a plan to combine its nursing and pharmacy programs into a College of Health Sciences, adding programs in health-related professions and community and public health.  — Samford PR

Dale dealing despite disappointment

Dale County and Dothan city officials had hoped for a deal for a new industry moving into the former Pemco site, passing incentives and tax abatements ahead of an expected announcement of a new tenant, but the Friday announcement was cancelled. — Dothan Eagle

Carnival passengers try class action suit

Some 100 passengers from the crippled Carnival cruise ship Triumph have asked the court for permission to file a class action suit, hoping to overcome a clause in their ticket contract that forbids class action. — lawyers.com

BB&T moves to RSA Dexter Building in Montgomery

BB&T, which bought out failing Colonial Bank in 2009, has moved its regional headquarters into the RSA Dexter Building. — Montgomery Advertiser

Huntsville expanding to the west

The western side of Huntsville, which has now moved into Limestone County, has seen an 87 percent increase in the number of homes located there. — Huntsville Times

Seafood summit seeks to boost sales

An Alabama "seafood summit" today and tomorrow in Mobile seeks to boost post-oil spill sales of Alabama seafood locally and around the world. — Mobile Press-Register

Joyce named exec VP at Southern States Bank

Lynn Joyce has joined Southern States Bank, based in Birmingham, as executive vice president and chief financial officer. — Southern States PR

A.M. Best knocks Attorneys Insurance Mutual

A.M. Best ratings service has downgraded Birmingham-based Attorneys Insurance Mutual of the South to "negative," based on its past five-year performance, but says the company has excellent risk-adjusted capitalization and other positives to its credit. — A.M. Best/Business Wire

Small business employment, wages up — barely

Small business employment is up by 15,000 jobs – well under 1 percent — with monthly wages up $12, according to Intuit, which bases its report on data from companies using Intuit and QuickBooks payroll services.  — Market Watch

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