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Top News Links: Thursday, November 2

Aurora Diagnostics to acquire CytoPath

Aurora Diagnostics, a leading independent pathology services and cancer diagnostics company, today announced the acquisition of CytoPath, bringing to 30 the number of affiliated local pathology practices around the country. Based just south of Birmingham in Alabaster, CytoPath is a physician-owned medical practice providing surgical pathology and cytopathology services to eight hospitals and five referring physician group clients in Central and Southern Alabama. – BusinessWire

How to solve the rural doctor shortage: Grow your own

All year long the APR news team has been looking at rural health across the state. One of the major problems is that rural residents lack access to medical care. A big reason for this is a lack of doctors. However, there is an effort under way to try to address the issue. The University of Alabama has something called the rural medical scholars program and it is bringing the next generation of doctors who will be practicing in rural Alabama. – NPR

Day One for Greenville’s hospital ownership experiment

As of Wednesday, the city of Greenville has officially taken ownership of L. V. Stabler Memorial Hospital. “We’re excited about a new day and a new hospital,” said Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon. It is multimillion-dollar deal that leaders say will ensure growth and stability. – ANN

Alabama Launchpad can help you start something up

If you're curious on how to start and grow a company in Alabama, Alabama Launchpad might be able to answer your questions. The seed fund competition for early-stage companies will host a panel discussion during its Nov. 15 Startup Competition Finale on how to start and grow a company in Alabama. The event will take place at Iron City Birmingham, 513 22nd St. S., beginning at 4 p.m, with a networking function. The panel discussion begins at 5:15 p.m. – AL.com

Alabama company pursuing condo development in St. Pete

An Alabama company has confirmed that it plans a condo tower for property it recently bought for $2.3 million in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. The proposed tower less than a mile from Albert Whited Airport likely would be held to around 20 stories to avoid the need for a public hearing and getting approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, Beau Blackerby of BBWC St. Pete, LLC said this week. Blackerby’s partner in the project, developer L.W. Cave of Mobile, previously said a "multi-story tower" was under consideration. – TampaBay.com

Jailing crossover voters ‘ludicrous and laughable’

One sponsor of the new crossover voting law says it's "ludicrous and laughable on its face" to prosecute crossover voters on felony charges, saying that puts crossover voting on the same level as some kinds of drug trafficking. However, other sponsors of the law supported Secretary of State John Merrill's efforts to see through the prosecutions. – WHNT

Oil man’s story spanned some amazing times

World War II interrupted James Douglas Martin’s fledgling career in the oil industry. He served as an officer under the legendary Gen. George S. Patton, in the final Allied thrust to end the war. Years later, he recalled seeing the European earth seeming to tremble as it was pounded by bombs; offering K-rations to starving civilians; helping liberate concentration camps; opening the doors to warehouses, gas chambers and barracks filled with the dead and dying; running over surrendered German weapons to ensure they couldn’t be used again. Martin died Oct. 29. – Gadsden Times

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