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Top News Links: Friday, May 24

Bonner to leave Congress, join university chancellor's office

U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, a Republican from Mobile who has served in the House since 2003, announced yesterday that he will resign to take a newly created role as vice chancellor of the state's university system responsible for government relations and economic development. — Mobile Press-Register

Former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne headlines long list of potential contenders for Bonner's seat. — Mobile Press-Register

Law firms file human trafficking suits against Signal International

In a move coordinated by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Associated Press reports that several top law firms have volunteered to represent Indian guest workers in an action against Signal International, saying the firm brought them to the U.S. under false promises to do Hurricane Katrina clean up. — Washington Post/AP

Brasfield & Gorrie picked for Trinity construction

Birmingham contractor Brasfield & Gorrie has been selected to complete construction of Trinity Medical Center's new hospital on Highway 280, a facility that was started by HealthSouth and then tied up for several years in court disputes. — Trinity Medical Center PR

HealthSouth plans hospital in Georgia

Birmingham-based rehabilitation provider HealthSouth has announced plans for a 50-bed hospital in Newnan, Ga., — HealthSouth PR

Alabama highlighted in Delta Sky magazine

The current issue of Delta's inflight magazine Delta Sky includes a major section on Alabama and its industries, a plus for the state as it heads to the Paris Air Show, says Gov. Robert Bentley; frequent BA contributor Cary Estes wrote much of the Delta Sky material. — Birmingham News

DOJ pondering Alabama's new school laws

State education superintendent Tommy Bice says representatives of the federal Department of Justice have asked questions about the new Accountability Act that allows students to transfer from "failing" schools to private schools, saying they are concerned that it might be used to circumvent anti-discrimination laws. — al.com

Pricy flights in Huntsville

For the second quarter in a row, Huntsville International Airport tops the average round-trip flight cost for U.S. airports. — Huntsville Times

Huntsville approved entertainment zones

Huntsville has developed two entertainment districts where visitors are allowed to carry alcoholic beverages on the street. — WHNT TV

Alabama brewery count jumps 70 percent

Alabama now has 12 breweries, far from the most per state, but the number represents a 71 percent increase last year. — al.com

Dothan mystery illness is flu

The Associated Press is reporting that the mysterious cluster of illnesses in Dothan is actually a flu outbreak. — Bioscience Technology

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