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Top News Links: Monday, May 8

Lucy Buffett taking on Manhattan to spread Gumbo Love

Lucy Buffett's gumbo love is literally rolling via food truck into New York City May 9th to coincide with and celebrate the release of her new book, GUMBO LOVE - Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life. Buffett, known for her unconventional business approach and her wildly successful Gulf Coast restaurants, has obtained rarely granted permission to park her gumbo-themed food truck in the financial district on the corner of South End St and Liberty Ave, near the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan. – Broadway World

Envision CEO looks to future of genomic medicine

Dr. Grace Terrell has found herself on the forefront of healthcare innovation for the majority of her career. A doctor of internal medicine for more than two decades, she's practiced privately in North Carolina, served as CEO of one of the first multi-specialty medical groups in the country, helped start a population health management company and even works at the national policy level to improve healthcare. – AL.com

Huntsville celebrates International Drone Day

Huntsville, home to the longest running chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, celebrated International Drone Day on Saturday at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center with drone races, forums and food trucks. – AL.com

Baldwin condo sales skyrocket in first quarter

Baldwin County condo sales during the first quarter of 2017 reached an all-time high at 451 units sold. This was a 35 percent increase from the first quarter a year ago (333). Condo sales have rebounded during the first quarter since the 2008 low of 149 units. Pricing also remained solid for the area, with a median sales price of $285,450, a 10 percent rise from the first quarter last year. – ANC

Uber wants ridesharing law to block out city controls

Legislation looking to create a statewide regulation for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft is one step closer to becoming law, but an amended version is drawing criticism from some. The Alabama House of Representatives voted to approve HB283, which creates statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies while prohibiting municipalities from imposing taxes or business licenses. – WAAY

Alabama State says financial probe had decades-old roots

The now closed state and federal investigation into Alabama State University's finances was the result of events that started as many as 20 years ago, former ASU leaders said in a Friday press conference. They said it began in 1981 when the university filed suit against the state of Alabama challenging numerous policies of the state’s colleges and universities, including funding, on the grounds that they were racially discriminatory. – Montgomery Advertiser

Time honors Alabama’s Judge Frank Johnson for civil rights role

President Lyndon Johnson and the Supreme Court tend to get the most credit for the political advances of the civil rights era, but this week's cover story introduces readers to a lesser-known figure who played a critical role: Frank Minis Johnson, a U.S. district judge who had served for more than a decade in southeastern Alabama. – Time

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