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Top News Links: Tuesday, March 29

Bentley tours hospital, mum on adviser

Governor Robert Bentley’s tour of a hospital and clinic in Centreville Monday morning marked his first public appearance since allegations surfaced last week that he had an affair with his senior political adviser. The governor visited Cahaba Medical Care and the Bibb County Medical Center as part of his push to reform rural healthcare. But that’s the only topic he would discuss. – WVTM

Nucor to invest $4.4M in equipment, gets abatement

Nucor Steel Decatur will invest about $4.4 million on new equipment that should help it acquire new customers and enhance job security for the plant’s 730 employees, according to the Decatur Industrial Development Board. On Monday the company got an abatement of about $117,545 in non-educational state, city and county taxes over a 10-year period for the project. – Decatur Daily

California plans first statewide minimum wage hike

Calling it a matter of "economic justice," California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday said a landmark deal had been reached to hike California's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, the nation's first such statewide move. The agreement includes a series of yearly minimum wage hikes starting in 2017, to reach $15 by 2022. A similar effort in Birmingham was derailed by the state Legislature. – CBS

Trideum teaming with ChiScan on cold plasma tech

Fast-growing Huntsville company Trideum is teaming with Tempe, Arizona company ChiScan to further develop what the two are calling next-generation technology. Trideum Biosciences and ChiScan are looking into a novel cold plasma technology for use in preventing food contamination and bacterial growth. – WAAY

Gayler named new Fort Rucker commander

Maj. Gen. William K. Gayler, a 1988 graduate of the University of North Georgia, has been appointed the commanding general for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker. Gayler previously served as the deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Europe, and commander, U.S. Army NATO. – UNG.edu

Study: Huntsville needs up to 600 downtown apartments

Downtown Huntsville needs an additional 500 to 600 apartment units by 2020 or it may miss a critical opportunity to achieve the live/work/play environment it desires. That's according to a new study commissioned by nonprofit Downtown Huntsville, Inc., which hired ValueTech Realty Services of Lutz, Fla., to "tell us not what we wanted to hear, but what the truth was,” CEO Chad Emerson said. – AL.com

Trampoline franchise headed for Florence

Officials from a trampoline park are looking to bring more entertainment to north Alabama. Construction is under way for Sky Zone in Florence, Al.com reports. The company is building an "all-walled" trampoline playing court to open later this year. The franchise will cover 21,000 square feet and feature Sky Zone's new Warrior Course, Open Jump, Ultimate Dodgeball, SkySlam, Foam Zone and Sky Hoops. – AL.com/ABC

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