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Top News Links: Monday, Sept. 11

BC/BS of Alabama hit with $8M penalty

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama has been hit with an $8 million penalty for charging rates from 2005 to 2013 that differed from those approved by the Alabama Department of Insurance. Al.com reports the charges occurred in about 1,400 plans issued to small group employers — those with two to 50 employees — and some COBRA plans for former employees. – AP/Miami Herald

Relief for Irma victims rolling out from Maxwell

As many as 800 tractor trailers loaded with relief supplies are at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery waiting to be deployed to Florida and Georgia as the areas brace for Hurricane Irma. Col. Eric K. Shafa, Commander of the 42nd Air Base Wing at Maxwell, said the installation is serving as staging area for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. – AL.com

Watson counsels Army on which vehicles need attention

IBM's machine-learning system called Watson is helping the U.S. Army's Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) in Alabama learn which of its Stryker combat vehicles is heading for a parts breakdown and when. That predictive power is part of the reason IBM has won a re-competition of a contract to support LOGSA at Huntsville's Redstone Arsenal. The $135 million LOGSA contract is one of two IBM has now with the Army in Huntsville, and IBM says it has saved the Army about $1 million a month since the LOGSA work ramped up. – AL.com

Alabama Humanities Foundation to honor Vulcan Materials

Vulcan Materials will be honored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) with its Charitable Organization to the Humanities Award on October 2, 2017, according to the Helena Reporter. David Donaldson, Vulcan’s vice president for external affairs and corporate communications, has served on AHF’s board of directors for many years. – Aggregates Manager

Quorum Health sells hospital to Greenville

Tennessee-based Quorum Health Corporation announced today that an affiliate of the company has signed a definitive agreement to sell 72-bed L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital in Greenville and its associated assets, to The Health Care Authority of the City of Greenville – L.V. Stabler Hospital, an Alabama Public Corporation. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017. – BusinessWire

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