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Top News Links: Friday, March 10

Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham begins expansion

The Birmingham Ronald McDonald House has broken ground on its 28,543-square-foot expansion that will increase its guest capacity by more than 50 percent. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama received design approval from the Birmingham Design Review Committee in October to add five extended stay apartments, 28 guest suites, family living rooms and laundry facilities. – AL.com

For some music lovers, vinyl still the bomb

For music fans, every new change in technology seems to push the days of LPs and CDs further back into that corner of the past. Even digital downloads, which not so long ago revolutionized the music business, are having a hard time keeping up. Forbes magazine reports that on-demand audio streaming zoomed past digital for the top share of music sales in 2016. So why was the Bessemer Civic Center full of people this past weekend, crowded into cramped aisles and snapping up vinyl albums? – ANC

Lawmakers consider bill requiring autism coverage

Paul Nichols would like to know if he should move out of state to receive the care he needs for a daughter who has autism. Speaking at a public hearing before the House Insurance Committee on Wednesday, he said it is recommended that his daughter receive up to 30 to 40 hours a week of applied behavioral analysis therapy, which would cost $57,000 a year. – AP/WCYB

Office campus near U.S. 280 sells for $131.6M

A Los Angeles investment group has purchased a massive office campus off of U.S. 280. Griffin Capital Corporation purchased the 669,438-square-foot Colonnade campus from Zurich Alternative Asset Management for $131.6 million. The complex is at 3535 Colonnade Parkway near the Interstate 459 interchange. – AL.com

HudsonAlpha co-founder lauded for entrepreneurial spirit

HudsonAlpha, the nonprofit institute for biotechnology, is discovering and developing every day. Although, that wouldn't be without the team and an idea of entrepreneurship to make it all happen. Co-founder of HudsonAlpha, James Hudson, recently won the entrepreneur champion of the year award by the Women's Business Center of North Alabama--now known as The Catalyst. – WHNT

Hurricane Electric establishes Montgomery PoP

Hurricane Electric, a global internet service, announced this week it has established a Point of Presence (PoP) in Montgomery through its rapidly expanding internet exchange, the MGMix. The new connection point is the latest in Montgomery’s quickly growing list of tech partners, giving Alabama more of a footprint in the tech world on a national level. – News release

Kim Ennis to be interim president of Bevill State

Dr. Kim Ennis of Kansas, Alabama, has been appointed to serve as interim president of Bevill State Community College which has campuses in Fayette, Hamilton, Jasper and Sumiton as well an educational center in Carrollton, Alabama, effective today. – News release

Atlanta-based Aprio combines with Yeager & Boyd

Aprio LLP, the largest, full-service CPA-led business advisory firm based in Atlanta,  announced Thursday that it has combined with Yeager & Boyd, a certified public accounting firm located in Birmingham. Yeager & Boyd is a boutique accounting firm with a deep industry specialization in public housing authorities and small business tax. – News release

Remington lays off 122 workers in New York

Remington Arms Co. has laid off 122 workers at its Ilion plant due to slowing sales. "The small arms industry is facing significant near-term challenges related to slowing order velocity and high channel inventories; a dynamic from which Remington is not immune," said a statement from Jessica Kallam, Remington's manager of media relations and public affairs. “After exploring all the options available to us, we are compelled to reduce our work force by releasing 122 team members today at our Ilion, N.Y. site.” – Times Telegram

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