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Top News Links: Monday, March 3

Source: Navy buying one less LCS in 2015

The U.S. Navy will request $2.1 billion to continue developing the Littoral Combat Ship and buy three of the vessels in fiscal 2015, one fewer than previously planned, according to defense officials. – Bloomberg

Jewel of Mentone burns in massive fire

The 130-year-old Mentone Springs Hotel and White Elephant Antique Galleries in Mentone, Ala., were destroyed in a massive fire Saturday night. – al.com

Diversicare takes over at Huntsville facility

Diversicare Healthcare Services today announced it has assumed operations of a 135-bed skilled nursing center in Huntsville, effective March 1. The facility will be rebranded as Diversicare of Big Springs. – Wall Street Journal

Carbon Hill named for AT&T trials

AT&T announced on Friday that it is proposing to select Carbon Hill, Ala., as one of two locations nationwide for a multiyear trial overseen by the FCC to help guide the company in developing new products and processes that can be used to seamlessly complete the rollout of AT&T's Internet-based network nationally. – Menafn.com

Sunland starts new work in Ohio

A Tuscaloosa-based pipeline construction company has moved into the former People's Lumber yard facility in Salem, Ohio. Sunland Construction has targeted growth activity in the U.S. unconventional shale plays and will be laying gathering lines from well sites to main lines that will carry oil and gas products. – Tribune-Chronicle.com

Buffett: Public pensions a big old tapeworm

Public pension plans threaten the financial health of U.S. cities and states more than taxpayers realize, billionaire investor Warren Buffett said in his annual report to Berkshire-Hathaway shareholders. – Bloomberg

Dothan symposium already called historic

The US-China Manufacturing Symposium in Dothan is already being called historic. This event will bring 300 to 400 Chinese and American government and business leaders together to openly discuss manufacturing expansion and job creation. The US-China Symposium will be held at the Dothan Civic Center on March 26-28. – Dothan Eagle

Well productive in Little Cedar Creek

 First Titan Corp. announced today that production numbers from the Alabama well it owns an interest in is exceeding expectations and is expected to match or surpass pre-production projections. FTTN’s producing well in the Little Cedar Creek Field in Alabama, is pumping approximately 343 barrels of oil and 58,000 cubic feet of gas per day. – Businesswire.com

Aspen Dental opens in Prattville

Aspen Dental opened Thursday in one of Prattville’s newest shopping developments. It will provide services ranging from dentures and preventive care to general dentistry and restoration. — Montgomery Advertiser

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