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Top News Links: Monday, Sept. 17

UAH killer could get royalties

Amy Bishop, the UAH professor who killed colleagues in a faculty meeting shooting, could receive royalties for a cell incubator she helped develop at UAH that is now in the commercial marketplace. — Huntsville Times

New vessel christened at Austal USA

The second Joint High Speed Vessel built at Austal USA, named Choctaw County for rural counties of that name in Alabama, Mississippi and Oklahoma, was christened Saturday at the Mobile River shipyard. — Mobile Press-Register

Takeover match back to the ring?

The court-ordered halt to Martin Marietta Materials' bid to takeover Birmingham's Vulcan Materials expires Friday and some involved are urging Martin Marietta to resume its hostile action. — Birmingham Business Journal

Don't get sued in Alabama

U.S. Chamber of Commerce legal group ranks Alabama among the 10 worst states for their business legal climate. — Claims Journal

EPA questions need for Birmingham by-pass

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has weighed in on plans for a northern beltline around Birmingham, saying traffic estimates don't justify the environmental hazards. — Birmingham Business Journal

New training option for Mercedes

Tuscaloosa schools team with Mercedes for week-end workforce development training, allowing high school students to get a head start on automotive training. — Alabama Development Office

Public incentives for private business

Non-profit Truth Out questions use of publicly funded incentives to woo private companies, highlighting efforts to bring Airbus to Mobile. — Truth Out

Searcy to close Oct. 31

Searcy Hospital, the key mental health facility in southern Alabama, is set to close Oct. 31 with patients transferred to community-based care or other state hospitals. — Southeast Sun

Chinese trade reps assemble in Dothan

Representatives of the Alabama/China Partnership are expected for a jobs summit, and local leaders hope they can use the opportunity to attract Chinese business to the Wiregrass. — Dothan Eagle

U.S. ports need updates, engineers say

A civil engineering group warns that U.S. ports and waterways need an infusion of cash for infrastructure updates, or trade handling capacity could be diminished as soon as 2020. — Mobile Press-Register

BBVA Compass into Miami

BBVA Compass has opened a branch in Miami, increasing its presence across the Southern tier — Birmingham Business Journal

Alabama tax code update

Change to tax code allows businesses to deduct bigger share of federal taxes from Alabama payments, according to analysis by Bradley Arant law firm. — Mondaq

Alabama hospice merges with Louisiana group

Doctor's Hospice, based in Louisiana, has merged with Alabama's Legacy Hospice to form Legacy National Hospice; no staffing changes anticipated. — Amite Today

Back to work

Alabama State Port Authority Director Jimmy Lyons is back on the job after a leave of absence. — Mobile Press-Register

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