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Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 7

BP money veers toward Medicaid, away from coast

Alabama legislators debated Tuesday how to use a $1 billion oil spill settlement with BP, seeking common ground on how much should go to coastal counties and how much should go to paying off state debts and to Medicaid. Senators made a key change after more than five hours of debate. The Senate removed $191 million slated for road projects in Baldwin and Mobile counties and added $300 million for the Alabama Medicaid Agency over three years. – AL.com

Navy orders retraining connected to LCS program

After a series of engineering malfunctions aboard the U.S. Navy's controversial Littoral Combat ships, Navy top brass ordered all engineering crews to undergo retraining. The Navy is also investigating possible engine design issues on ships built by the Mobile-based Austal. – AL.com

BIS launches cloud-hosted phone system

Business Information Solutions, an experienced IT security company on the Gulf Coast, has launched a new cloud hosted phone solution called BIS Cloud Connect. This solution will allow local business owners to receive an all-inclusive phone system with advanced, high-tech features at an affordable price. – News release

Polaris undergoes another recall for vehicles

Polaris has recalled its recreational off-highway vehicles for the third time this year. The Minnesota company said its 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo and RZR XP 4 Turbo models are under recall because the engines can overheat and the turbo system's drain tube can loosen, posing a fire hazard. – AL.com

ITT Technical Institutes shuts down after 50 years

ITT Educational Services, one of the largest operators of for-profit technical schools, ended operations at all of its ITT Technical Institutes on Tuesday, citing government action to curtail the company’s access to millions of dollars in federal loans and grants, a critical source of revenue. – Washington Post

State well represented on hospital gouging list

Alabama can claim four hospitals in a new listing of the 50 hospitals in the United States with the highest markup of prices over their actual costs. That means that they are charging out-of-network patients and the uninsured, as well as auto and workers’ compensation insurers, more than 10 times the costs allowed by Medicare, according to new research published Monday. – Washington Post

White-Spunner completes new Community Bank facility

White-Spunner Construction, Inc., a leading contractor in the Southeast and ranked 19th largest general contractor in Alabama in 2015 by Business Alabama, has completed a second Community Bank in Mobile. The location is 6587 Airport Blvd. in west Mobile and a grand opening is set for Wednesday morning. – News release

Daniel Corp. relocates corporate headquarters

Daniel Corporation has announced the acquisition of the 311,201 square foot 18 story Financial Center office building located in the heart of the Birmingham financial district.  As part of the investment Daniel will relocate its corporate headquarters to the building. – News release

Family sedan is so yesterday’s news

The family sedan is dying, and the usual cure-all prescription -- cash on the hood -- isn't working. In one of the U.S. auto industry's best years ever, with sales through August 0.5 percent ahead of last year's record pace, demand for midsize cars is at a five-year low. – Automotive News

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