Top Headlines: Addressing mental health in prisons, UAB wins research grant

Alabama prison system faces hearing on mental health
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has ordered a hearing Tuesday in Montgomery on why the Alabama Department of Corrections should not be held in contempt of court for failing to meet deadlines for increasing mental health staffing. — AP

NASA Marshall to host Small Business Alliance meeting
Representatives of large and small businesses, NASA prime contractors and subcontractors will participate Sept. 20 in a Small Business Alliance Meeting organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, part of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. – Business Insider

UAB wins grant for superconductor research
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physics has been awarded $635,964 from the United States Department of Energy to continue research into improving the control and efficiency of energy production, storage and use by connecting theoretical and experimental physics of superconductor materials to find more proficient ways to transport energy. – News release

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Maddox: Healthcare is most pressing need
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox said he has now been convinced healthcare is the most pressing need in the state, saying he would expand Medicaid on the first day. — Mountain Eagle

Federal Lawyers: Gulf Oil Leak Spills Much More Than Thought
Federal government lawyers say a 14-year-old leak is releasing much more oil each day into the Gulf of Mexico than officials previously claimed, and it may be getting worse. A Friday court filing in a case involving Taylor Energy Co. says 10,000 to 30,000 gallons (37,000 to 113,000 liters) daily is leaking from multiple wells around a drilling platform toppled by 2004’s Hurricane Ivan. — U.S. News

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