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Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 27

MPT makes $1.2B deal to buy nine hospitals

Birmingham's Medical Properties Trust (NYSE: MPW) has signed a deal to make $1.2 billion in hospital real estate investments, the company announced Monday.  All nine hospitals are owned by Steward Health Care System, an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management. – AL.com

Goat Hill sorting out impeachment fight rules

Gov. Robert Bentley's defense against possible impeachment could depend on what the committee investigating Bentley lets him do. The House Judiciary Committee will gather today to consider some amendments to the rules on the probe. The rules would put limits on what Bentley's counsel could ask of witnesses, and try to give the committee's special counsel the power to compel witnesses -- including the governor -- to appear before the committee. – Montgomery Advertiser

This couple’s dairy business in Gallant may surprise ewe

The chuga-chuga sound is one any dairyman would want to hear — daily. It's the sound of milking machines collecting the white liquid, which is turned into edible products that support their farm. For Greg and Ana Kelly, the chuga-chuga sound means fresh milk from their flock of 80 milking ewes – milk to be made into cheeses and caramel at their Gallant, Ala., sheep farm, named Dayspring Dairy. – NPR

Gas prices stabilize as pipeline repaired

Colonial said Tuesday a 500-foot bypass section should be connected to Line 1 and ready for operation on Wednesday, following the approval given by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to build, install and operate the bypass as a "temporary measure to restore service." – CRC Connection

Competing automakers to cooperate on traffic app

Digital map maker Here will introduce a new set of traffic services this week that allows drivers to see for themselves what live road conditions are like miles ahead using data from competing automakers, an industry first. The company, owned by BMW Group, Mercedes-Benz and Audi, will allow drivers to share detailed video views of traffic jams or road hazards. – Automotive News

Huntsville planning visionary Dallas Fanning dies

Former City of Huntsville Director of Planning and Urban Development Dallas W. Fanning has died, Mayor Tommy Battle confirmed Monday night. Fanning, was widely regarded as one of the people most responsible for the Rocket City's explosive growth and its evolution as a corporate research hub. – AL.com

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