Top Headlines: Alabama home sales up in July, Wiregrass museum wins grant

Alabama home sales up in July
July home sales in Alabama are up 22.3 percent year over year, according to new figures from the Alabama Association of Realtors. The organization also reports that prices are up and inventory of available homes is down. — Alabama News Center

Geneva County offers spec business building
Geneva County officials broke ground for a 45,000-square-foot spec building this week, in hopes of attracting a manufacturing business to the Geneva County Industrial Park in Hartford. — Made in Alabama

Wiregrass Museum of Art wins NEH grant
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Wiregrass Museum of Art nearly $10,000 to help preserve works housed in the Dothan facility. The museum’s collection includes an array of U.S. and international artists plus work by Alabama artists. — Dothan Eagle

Delta Dental Foundation supports six Alabama sites
California-based Delta Dental Community Care Foundation has awarded a total of $195,000 to six Alabama organizations providing health and dental care in their communities during the pandemic. Organizations receiving funding are Cahaba Valley Health Care in Birmingham, Franklin Primary Health in Mobile, Heals in Huntsville, Health Services in Montgomery, Northwest Alabama Community Health Association in Florence and Rural Health Medical Program in Selma. — Delta Dental 

Samford renames nursing school
Seeking to honor both the original namesake of its nursing school Ida V. Moffett and the dean who has led the school recently, Nena F. Sanders, Samford University yesterday announce that the school will now be known as the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing. — Samford University

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Pandemic further undercuts struggling rural hospitals
Some 170 rural hospitals have closed since 2005, many in the Southeast, and the pandemic — which abruptly halted revenue for elective procedures — has made matters worse. — Kaiser Family Foundation

Exxon out, tech in on Dow list
Pushed by rising tech stock prices and a stock split at Apple, the S&P Dow Jones Indices is eliminating ExxonMobil, Pfizer and Raytheon from its index and adding tech company Salesforce, biotech firm Amgen and Honeywell, a manufacturer. — Alabama Public Radio 

Market for aircraft parts reflects industry changes
A new assessment of the aircraft turned parts market, which hinges on aircraft production, shows production slowing this year due to Covid-19 and a subsequent drop in air travel, but predicts a rebound beginning in 2021 with the market reaching $1.9 billion by 2025.  — Stratview Research

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