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Top News Links: Tuesday, October 31

Wind Creek not included in state’s gambling lawsuit

A north Alabama business must close until a judge rules on a lawsuit claiming it operates illegal gambling machines, a decision the state cited as a move toward ending illegal games. A court order filed recently said River City Entertainment in Lacey Springs and the state had reached an agreement while a judge considers claims that the business operates illegal electronic gambling machines. – AP/CDGaming

Amazon eyes pharmacy business in states including Alabama

Amazon has obtained pharmacy licenses in a handful of states, pointing to possible plans to disrupt both the drugstore business as also the larger healthcare industry. The St Louis Post-Dispatch said, the e-commerce giant has received wholesale pharmacy licenses in at least 12 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, and Tennessee. – Domain-B

Women on the design team broadens a product’s appeal

An anecdote told by a Honda employee from Alabama last week illustrates how women in manufacturing are making a difference. The story was told during last week's SOUTH-TEC conference in Greenville, S.C., showcasing the latest technologies. According to Greenville Business Magazine, Kimberly Jackson of business operations with Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, said that having women on the team designing Honda vans has made them a better product. – AL.com

D.C. staffing CEO learned best lessons in Prichard

No matter where life has taken her, Ruthi Postow Birch always finds her way back to the house she grew up in on Petain Street in Prichard - in her mind, anyway. That's the place where she absorbed the wisdom that she writes about in her new memoir, "How to Build a Piano Bench: Lessons from a Red-Dirt Road in Alabama." – AL.com

LSCU joins class-action suit against Equifax

League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates will join the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) class-action lawsuit against credit-monitoring firm Equifax. LSCU’s Board of Directors voted during a special Oct. 26 meeting to become a plaintiff in the suit. The decision was made in the best interest of the League’s 252 credit unions and more than 7.5 million credit union members in Alabama and Florida. – AL.com

USA Medical Center burn unit gets top ranking

The University of South Alabama Medical Center’s Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center was recently ranked No. 1 in the nation for patient outcomes among academic medical centers with burn centers by Vizient, formerly the University HealthSystem Consortium, during the second quarter of 2017. – News release

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