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Top News Links: Tuesday, March 31

Awkward link between lawmaker, repeal effort

An Alabama doctor-turned-lawmaker is seeking to overturn a state law named for one of his patients, whose death 16 years earlier triggered legislation requiring insurers to pay for minimum post-pregnancy hospital stays, records show. "Rose's Law," named after 36-year-old Rose Church, who died of a heart attack 10 days after giving birth in 1998, requires insurers in Alabama to cover post-pregnancy hospital stays up to 48 hours. – Business Insider

Can Alabama do it again?

Volvo Cars will invest $500 million in its first U.S. assembly plant under plans announced on Monday, plugging a longstanding gap in the Swedish carmaker’s manufacturing base as it pursues a global comeback under Chinese ownership. Volvo is in advanced talks with several U.S. states and will announce a location within weeks, Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson said in embargoed comments made before the announcement. Production will begin in 2018. – Fortune

Steel layoffs under way in Birmingham

Steel manufacturing in the U.S., and in Alabama, has seen its ups and downs in the last few decades, as the import/export battle with foreign markets continues. While industry trends may be cyclical, the economic pains are definitely being felt in Birmingham, where 300 U.S. Steel workers were laid off last week, with another 1,500 waiting to get their pink slips following the end of the time limit on WARN notices given to 1,800 employees at the Fairfield Works in January. – BizJournals

Grady named VP for UA student affairs

David L. Grady has been named vice president for student affairs at The University of Alabama, UA President Judy Bonner announced today. The appointment is effective June 15. Grady currently serves as associate vice president and dean of students at the University of Iowa and has more than 25 years’ experience in higher education administration. – UA News

Court: Drummond can’t be sued for AUC crimes

Relatives of victims killed by Colombian paramilitary forces cannot sue Drummond Co. in U.S. courts for its alleged support of the murders and other war crimes, the 11th Circuit ruled. Drummond, a coal mining company based in Birmingham, allegedly conspired with right-wing paramilitary forces of Autodefensas Unidas de Columbia (AUC) to murder and terrorize union workers at mines owned by its Columbian subsidiaries. – Courthouse News

Hooters settles lawsuit over tip pool

Hooters restaurant near Trussville says it discontinued a policy that required servers to share tips with non-wait staff three years ago, according to a proposed settlement of a federal lawsuit contending the business violated federal labor laws. The restaurant, however, has agreed to pay four current or former employees a total of $20,035 to settle the lawsuit, according to a proposed settlement. – AL.com

More blasting today on I-22 exchange

I-22 interchange construction at I-65 continues with a completion date set for late August 2015. Blasting will continues this week at the construction site. ALDOT spokesperson Linda Crockett said that due to inclement weather, blasting operations previously scheduled for Monday have been rescheduled for today between11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on I-65, weather permitting.  – AL.com

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