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Top News Links: Wednesday, March 15

Chickens euthanized in Alabama after bird flu outbreak

Aviagen, the world's leading poultry breeding company, has euthanized chickens at a farm in Alabama over concerns about bird flu, the company said on Tuesday, as likely cases of the disease emerged in a top chicken-producing state. Alabama officials said they suspected that poultry at three sites in the state were infected with the virus, about a week after some 90,500 chickens were culled over infections at two commercial operations across the border in Tennessee. – Reuters

Drummond sued over housing built atop former mines

A central Florida man is suing a mining company that he says built homes over former phosphate mines and didn't warn homeowners about health hazards. Lakeland homeowner John Jerue filed the lawsuit last week against Alabama-based Drummond Company on behalf of property owners of the Oakbridge and Grasslands developments. – AP/AL.com

Alexander City settles lawsuit over improper jailings

A public interest law firm says it has settled a federal lawsuit over allegations that a central Alabama city operated what amounted to a debtor's prison. The Southern Poverty Law Center said Tuesday it had reached a preliminary agreement with the town of Alexander City. – AP/USNWR

Top Marriott, Renaissance hotels for guest satisfaction are right here

Alabama's RSA-owned hotels ranked first, second and third for guest satisfaction among the 363 full-service Marriott hotels in North and South America. They also are first and third among the 90 Renaissance properties in North and South America.  – News release

Hyundai celebrates production of 5 millionth engine

Hyundai on Tuesday celebrated the production of its 5 millionth Alabama-made engine, a key milestone for the company’s Montgomery auto operations. The event comes less than 12 years after the plant assembled its first Lambda six-cylinder engine in May 2005. – Made In Alabama

Airline adds nonstop from Birmingham to Chicago

American Airlines will operate a non-stop flight from BHM to ORD. The non-stop service to Chicago O'Hare International Airport will start July 5. American is the second airline at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, the first being United Airlines. The service will fly twice daily with a two-class CRJ-700. – AL.com

Hampton Inn & Suites Dothan open following renovation

LBA Hospitality, a full-scale hotel management, development and consulting firm, announced Hampton Inn & Suites Dothan has re-opened its doors following a renovation to upgrade amenities. – News release

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