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Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 18

BioCryst chosen for $5 million anti-virus contract

The National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases has awarded BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, with facilities in Birmingham, a $5 million contract that could expand to $22 million over five years, to develop its BCX4430 as a treatment for Marburg virus disease. — Wall Street Journal

Economists see no sign of imminent global economic recovery

A panel of economists queried by the Associated Press predict that global economic recovery is still out of reach. – Montgomery Advertiser

Legal wrangle over House security contract turns into political tiff

Two state legislators faced off in court Tuesday, with House Speaker Mike Hubbard unexpectedly taking the stand in a lawsuit over the security services contract at the House, a lawsuit in which Rep. Joe Hubbard represented the plaintiff firm. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

UA president asks for changes in sorority recruitment

University of Alabama President Judy Bonner said steps are being initiated at the university to lead to integration of the Greek system, after the student newspaper carried a story about black women passed over for sorority bids. — Tuscaloosa News

Austal USA wins safety award

Mobile shipbuilder Austal USA has been honored with the 2012 Safety and Health Award for a large shipyard from American Equity Underwriters Inc. — Austal PR

Judge denies Signal International access to information in lawsuit

Signal International, subject to a lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over treatment of Indian workers following Hurricane Katrina, has been denied access to information about the workers' immigration status. — Law360

Gulf Shores to spend $54,000 to keep track of rental properties

Gulf Shores contracted with a software firm to help it keep track of rental property ownership and taxes, at a first-year cost of $54,000, while adopting new rules requiring monthly lodging tax reports and additional information about property ownership. — Mobile Press-Register

Birmingham Entrepreneurs groups joins Venture Club

Two Birmingham nonprofits that seek to help entrepreneurial business  — Birmingham Venture Club and Birmingham Entrepreneur — have joined forced to create a 1,300-member organization. — Birmingham News

Monarch Medical looking to expand in Alabama

Monarch Medical, a California firm that manages medical practices, says it hopes to increase its client numbers in Birmingham and add practices in several other cities and neighboring state. — Birmingham News

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