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Top News Links: Thursday, March 31

Rebekah Mason has left the building

Governor Robert Bentley's office sent a press release on behalf of Rebekah Mason Wednesday afternoon stating that she had resigned her post with the governor. Mason said, “I have resigned as Senior Political Advisor to Governor Bentley and will no longer be paid from his campaign fund. I have also ended my work with the Alabama Council For Excellent Government.” – WHNT

Republican state lawmaker talking impeachment

A Republican Alabama lawmaker says he plans to introduce a resolution to begin impeachment proceedings against Gov. Robert Bentley. Rep. Ed Henry said Wednesday that he will introduce the resolution when the Alabama Legislature returns from spring break next week. Henry made his plans public the same day Bentley’s top aide resigned amid the fallout of the governor’s admission that he made inappropriate remarks to her. – AP/WIAT

Company offers discounted hereditary cancer screenings

HudsonAlpha associate company Kailos Genetics is teaming with a nonprofit to provide additional discounted cancer screenings. The company is teaming with Teal It's Gone, an organization that attempts to improve ovarian and peritoneal cancer genetic testing though these types of reduced-cost programs. This collaborative effort will help people purchase tests for as low as $125. The advertised cost is $225. Kailos Genetics says standard tests are offered at prices upwards of $500. – WAAY

Luther Strange says climate debate shouldn’t be stifled

Oklahoma and Alabama accused a 17-member coalition of U.S. states and territories investigating whether Exxon Mobil Corp. and other energy companies misled investors and the public about how climate change might affect their businesses of trying to silence critics. – Bloomberg

I-22 Corridor X limping toward completion

According to the Alabama Department of Transportation says the I-22 Corridor X project is almost complete. According to ALDOT engineers, the project is in the cleanup phase, with the I-65 tie all but complete. "We don't have an exact time," ALDOT Engineer DeJarvis Leonard told WBRC Fox 6. "But we feel that based on the progress that's been made, by June, we should have traffic on the interchange and on the paving project." – WBRC/BizJournals.com

Auburn’s Rural Studio $20k house finally happening

In January, after years of building prototypes, architecture students at Rural Studio, Auburn University finished their first pilot project in the real world. Partnering with a commercial developer outside Atlanta, in a tiny community called Serenbe, they built two one-bedroom houses, with materials that cost just $14,000 each. – FastCoExist.com

Kent Stewart to take another crack at Mount Everest

Next month, Alabama businessman Kent Stewart will travel to Nepal to attempt Mount Everest. Stewart's day job is CEO of Reli Title, which handles residential and commercial real estate transactions. He got into mountaineering after he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with his wife, Julie, and the pair went on to climb five of the "Seven Summits" – the highest point on each continent. Kent Stewart climbed the sixth, and Everest is all that's left. – AL.com

Check new website to get your bearings straight

Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts, announced the launch of its new knowledge website: www.Bearings.com. Designed as an information hub, Bearings.com offers resources to professionals about the latest bearings-related news and applications. Site visitors have access to a wide array of content on the subject – including articles, videos, white papers, training materials and more. – News release

Grand Hotel Marriott Resort has new GM 

Hosting guests since 1847, the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa begins the next chapter in its history with the announcement of a new general manager. Scott Tripoli brings more than 19 years of hospitality experience from Orlando to his new position at the Grand Hotel. – AL.com

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