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Top News Links: Tuesday, May 30

Fallout continues after ride-sharing bill failure

A statewide framework to regulate ridesharing firms such as Uber and Lyft stalled in the Alabama Legislature, and it’s unclear when such companies could begin to launch new service in Alabama communities. Uber, through a spokeswoman, points to Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson as culprits for the stalled legislation, Al.com reported. – Insurance Journal

Warren Averett leases space in downtown Mobile

Warren Averett, an accounting firm with office throughout the Southeast, has leased the 3,200-square-feet of space on the second floor of 3 S. Royal St., in downtown Mobile, according to Pete Riehm of NAI Mobile, who represented the landlord. Gaines Zarzour of Monarch Group worked for the tenant. Serda's Coffee Co. occupies the first floor. – AL.com

Bud’s business plan was solid, not half-baked

For Bud Cason, it’s the first bite that counts. Cason has proven that theory since opening Bud’s Best Cookies 26 years ago. “I took a nutrition class some years ago. The dietitian taught us that when somebody wants something sweet, that first bite takes care of the sensation, and the second bite really takes care of it. After that, you’re just filling your stomach,” said Cason, the founder, chairman and CEO of Bud’s Best Cookies near Birmingham. That’s how Cason got the idea for his signature bite-size cookies, which today bring in about $33 million in sales annually. – ANC

Ohio University VP taking UAB provost job

Ohio University announced last week that its executive vice president and provost has accepted a post at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and consequently is leaving OU. Pam Benoit, the university’s executive VP and provost since 2009, will be UAB’s new senior vice president and provost starting July 1. – Athens News

Huntsville residential sales up 10 percent in April

Huntsville/Madison County residential sales totaled 583 units during April, a rise in sales of 10 percent or 55 units from the same month the previous year, when there were 528 total sales, according to the North Alabama Multiple Listing Service. – ANC

Birmingham launches office to lure movie productions

Alabama's largest city is opening a new film office in hopes of luring more movie productions to the area. Film Birmingham is now officially open for business after operating behind the scenes for more than a year. An initiative of Create Birmingham, it plans a website targeting the film industry. – AP/News Tribune

Chipotle gives more information on data hack

More details are known about a payment card security breach at Chipotle Mexican Grill a few weeks ago. Chipotle said hackers used malware to access data from payment cards on the company's point of sale systems at certain Alabama restaurants from March 24 to April 18. – AL.com

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