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Top News Links: Wednesday, March 12

Virtual doctor visit technology not far off

Minneapolis-based telemedicine startup Zipnosis provides a low-cost, online avenue for people to get diagnoses and prescriptions for some of the most common and addressable ailments. The company is branching out and working with other provider partners, starting with the University of Alabama-Birmingham Health System this summer. – Mobihealthnews.com

‘Seafood Row’ hidden from the Yankees

It's easy to miss some tasty seafood restaurants on Alabama's northern Gulf Coast: They're hidden on a string of islands and peninsulas in the Mobile Delta. "Seafood Row" is a collection of more than a half-dozen restaurants located along Battleship Parkway, which connects the eastern and western shores of Mobile Bay. – Seattlepi.com

Alabama A&M tosses scandal-ridden Texan

A former chairman of the scandalous Harris County (Texas) Housing Authority, Odysseus Lanier, has lost his position as a trustee of Alabama A&M University after reports of his role in the scandal reached the Alabama governor and state Senate. – Townhall.com

Senate committee ponders Common Core

The Senate Education Policy committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing legislation sponsored by Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, that would allow local school districts to opt out of the state’s curriculum for schools, based on the Common Core. – Montgomery Advertiser / South Union Street Blog

Energy XXI buying EPL Oil & Gas

Energy XXI is buying EPL Oil & Gas Inc. for about $1.53 billion in a deal that the companies say will create the biggest publicly-owned independent oil producer on the Gulf of Mexico shelf. – Associated Press / Decatur Daily

Hoar completes $400M health facility

At $400 million, NEA Baptist Medical Campus in Jonesboro, Ark, is the largest investment in Arkansas health care in the last decade. Hoar Construction served as general contractor and construction manager on the 770,000-square-foot facility, which opened in January. – Hoar.com

Dothan hospital expands IT partnership

Iatric Systems Inc., a northeastern comprehensive healthcare IT integration company, Tuesday announced it has expanded its relationship with Southeast Alabama Medical Center of Dothan to further leverage the company’s comprehensive integration services. – Businesswire

Linde’s Birmingham plant gets ACC nod

Linde LLC has been recommended for certification of its Birmingham air separation plant under the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care program. – Prnewswire.com

Apology issued after store manager fumbles

An apparent misunderstanding between a local retailer and a group of special needs students from Montgomery Public Schools ended with the children and a teacher being asked to leave and the store's parent company issuing an apology. – Thespectrum.com

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