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Top News Links: Friday, Sept. 4

Mobile, Carnival back together again

Big news for the state's tourism industry as Alabama will once again be the home for a cruise ship. Mobile leaders announced Thursday afternoon that Carnival Cruise is coming back to our state. The big announcement has a lot of people talking. Travel agent Carol Bridgers is already hard at work after learning the news. – WSFA

Federal court kicks lawsuit aimed at Creeks

A federal appeals court Thursday rejected a state lawsuit aimed at removing electronic bingo machines from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ properties. The three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that PCI Gaming, which runs three of the tribe’s casinos in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka, enjoyed sovereign immunity from lawsuits and that the state had no standing to sue. – Montgomery Advertiser

Good news for consumers: cheap Labor Day gas

With stock markets hitting some major bumps recently, cheap gasoline should provide Americans a far smoother ride this Labor Day weekend and the likely prospect of $2 pump prices by Christmas. Average regular unleaded will cost the least for the Labor Day break since 2011, AAA says. The national average was $2.44 a gallon Thursday, down nine cents over the past week and $1 below the year-ago price. – Indianapolis Star

ServisFirst expanding in Nashville

Birmingham's ServisFirst Bancshares (NASDAQ: SFBS) is expanding in Nashville. The commercial bank is converting its loan production office in Palmer Plaza to a traditional bank. Once open, it'll house more than 20 bankers. ServisFirst opened the office in 2013. As of June 30, the Nashville office reached more than $200 million in loans. – AL.com

Work begins on British generics facility

Oxford Pharmaceuticals, a British-based company, started construction this week on a $29.4 million, 120,000-square-foot, generic drug manufacturing plant. The facility will be located on 23.4 acres at the Jefferson Metropolitan Park-Lakeshore in Birmingham.  The plant will produce, package and research generic drugs. The project will initially create 61 jobs, but that figure is projected to grow to 200 within 10 years. – Area Development

Huntsville business leader William Halsey dies

Longtime Huntsville civic leader William Halsey died Thursday of an extended illness at the age of 94. Halsey's name is well known in north Alabama.  He was the longtime owner of Halsey Food Service, previously W.L. Halsey Grocery Company.  The business had been in his family since 1879. Halsey was active with the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce, serving as chairman of the Board of Directors in 1953. – WHNT

Eslinger named president of Mobile Infirmary

Infirmary Health has named Jennifer Eslinger to its health care system in her new role as president of Mobile Infirmary. A Georgia native, Eslinger comes to Infirmary Health with more than 19 years of experience in the industry as a health care executive.

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