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Top News Links: Thursday, March 27

UAB gets $35M for research center

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been awarded $35 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to establish a research center focused on developing new drug therapies for global infectious disease threats such as influenza, West Nile and Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, according to a university press release. – Healio.com

Alabama 3rd in minimum wage workers

Approximately 326,000 people in Alabama make minimum wage. That's according to the Department of Labor's report that 6.8 percent of Alabama's workforce makes $7.25 an hour, the third highest percentage in the country. – WAFF.com

Real estate agents nervous after attack

North Alabama real estate professionals are on guard this week in the wake of a recent attack on a female realtor in Lincoln County, Tenn. While the realtor was showing a house to the suspect, he allegedly took out a weapon, threatened to kill the agent and demanded money, according to a police report. She escaped, he is now in custody. – al.com

Aerospace forces to converge in Mobile

Penton's SpeedNews will bring together the aerospace industry's major manufacturers and suppliers at its second annual Aerospace Manufacturing Conference, to be held April 1-2 in Mobile. – WRIC.com

Republican candidate of high caliber

An Alabama congressional candidate uses a .40 Glock pistol, a .270 Cooper rifle and an AR-15 to destroy a copy of the Obamacare bill in a new video released by his campaign. – Nation.Foxnews.com

Alabama 49th on list of fed-dependent states

Alabama ranks among states most dependent on the federal government, according to a recent study by WalletHub.com. New Mexico and Mississippi tied for 50th. – WalletHub.com

Thousands want Accountability Act funds

More than 3,000 Alabama elementary, middle and high school students are lined up for scholarships to attend private school next year through a program set up by the much-debated Alabama Accountability Act. – Anniston Star

Covenant Steel likes the Chinese connection

Covenant Steel of Dothan provided 1,800 tons of steel to be used for construction of Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tubing in Wilcox County. Production at the plant is expected to begin this spring. – Dothan Eagle

Brasfield & Gorrie busy throughout Southeast

Brasfield & Gorrie has started, progressed or completed several projects throughout the Southeast, including early work on the $34.6 million Solis Downwood Apartments in Atlanta, working with developer Terwilliger Pappas. – al.com

Vulcan Materials honored for Manassas Quarry

Vulcan Materials Company’s Manassas Quarry has received an Excellence in Community Relations Gold Award from the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association. – InsideNova.com

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