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Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 1

Pipeline accident kills worker south of Birmingham

U.S. gasoline futures jumped over 11 percent on Tuesday after Colonial Pipeline Co shut down its main gasoline and distillates pipelines on Monday after an explosion and fire in Shelby, Alabama, killed a worker. The incident was the second time in two months the company had to close the crucial supply line to the U.S. East Coast, prompting gasoline prices to spike on fears of shortages. – Reuters

Pipeline accident linked to trackhoe operation

One person was killed and five others were injured in an explosion along the Colonial Pipeline in rural Alabama Monday, not far where it burst last month, authorities said. Colonial pipeline said in a written statement Monday night that a contract crew working along a gasoline pipeline in Shelby County "experienced an incident when the trackhoe it was using hit the line." – AP/NBC

Building near Pepper Place sells for $1.75 million

An 11,500-square-foot building near Pepper Place in Birmingham has sold for $1.75 million. The building at 2921 Second Ave. S. is adjacent to the Martin Biscuit Building and houses Cayenne Creative, an advertising and creative agency, and Go Pro Event Solutions. The building sits on a 28,000-square-foot lot. – AL.com

Baker Donelson merging with Maryland law firm

Baker Donelson is merging with a Maryland law firm to create a combined entity that will rank among the top 50 industry players nationwide. The merger of one of the South’s largest law firms and Baltimore-based Ober|Kaler will take effect on Jan. 1. Post-merger, the new firm will maintain the name of Baker Donelson and have the third-largest health care practice nationwide. – The Tennessean

Grocers name Naseem Ajlouny state’s top retailer

Alabama Grocers Association named its top industry members of the year at the recent Food Industry Finest Luncheon in Birmingham. Naseem Ajlouny of Piggly Wiggly was named Retailer of the Year. Ajlouny purchased his first grocery store in 1977 and has been part of the Piggly Wiggly banner since 1984. He currently owns 11 stores. – Progressive Grocer

Hancock appoints new directors to two boards

Hancock Holding Company recently announced that the following new directors have been appointed to the holding company and bank boards of directors effective immediately. The new directors are Dean Liollio, Joanie Teofilo and Richard Wilkins. – News release

World Food Championships coming to Orange Beach

The world’s largest food fight will start Nov. 9 at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama. For nearly a week, 438 teams will compete tournaments style and be whittled down to only one 2016 World Food Champion. Contestants will compete in a variety of challenges that include the World Bacon Championship, Military Chef Challenge, World Chef Challenge, and others. – News release

Program expands to teach students about health profession jobs

The Summer Health Professions Education Program has expanded to incorporate learning opportunities for students interested in careers across the health professions, including nursing, pharmacy, physician assistants and public health. – News release

UAB wins $3.8M grant for Cialis-related study

A five-year U01 grant totaling $3.8 million has been awarded to University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers to study the protective effects of Cialis, also known as tadalafil, in hopes of finding a treatment option for pregnant women exposed to halogen gases like chlorine and bromine.  – News release

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