Top Headlines: Birmingham airport upgrade, Day care bill proposed

Business travel at Birmingham’s airport about to get an upgrade
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport plans to open a passenger lounge later this year. The project will be a Primeclass Lounge, similar to others in San Diego, Palm Beach and JFK Airport in New York City. It will occupy a 1,100-square-foot space in Concourse B, according to Allen Forrest, CEO of the Forrest Group. The lounge will be for common use, located near the Hudson News Vulcan store, just past the TSA security checkpoint. –

Day care bill among pile of new legislative proposals
The Alabama legislative session begins today in Montgomery. On the table, several issues will be up for debate including prison reform, a lottery to support education and legalizing medical marijuana. Another proposed bill hopes to make sure children are not left behind in a vehicle. It would require daycares to call parents if a child has not been dropped off or reported absent by 9:30 a.m. – WAAY

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant opening at OWA
The OWA entertainment complex in Foley has announced that its newest option for drinks and food, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, will open Saturday, Feb. 8. Lucy’s is a small chain with roots that go back to a venue that opened in New York in the ‘80s, though its founders later moved to New Orleans. The OWA store will be its fifth location, joining New Orleans, Biloxi, Key West and Aruba. –

Louise’s Sweets and Treats a tasty Alabama entrepreneur
Brittney Lee grew up baking at the hip of her two grandmothers, picking up on the nuances of their approaches to recipes but mostly on the love they put into each creation. It wasn’t something Lee envisioned as a career, but baking did help her make money on the side. In October 2019, Lee launched Louise’s Sweets and Treats. Named for one of her grandmothers, the business turns out a variety of cakes and baked goods that can be shipped throughout the U.S. – AL NewsCenter

State’s charter school wonkiness continues, this time in Washington County
State officials for the first time voted to consider revoking a public charter school’s right to operate in Alabama, which could bring an end to a controversial school in south Alabama before it ever opens. Monday’s vote by the Alabama Public Charter School Commission denied a request by Woodland Prep officials to extend the deadline to obtain a certificate of occupancy for the school. That denial opened the door for the Commission to begin revocation procedures. –

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GM says all its 2020 Corvettes are already spoken for
Production started on the 2020 Corvette today, according to Chevy, following a strike-related delay and the need to finish the last 2019 Corvettes and retool the factory. GM expects to make around 40,000 new ‘Vettes this year, all of which are sold out, the company claimed. There’s also that new electric Hummer, which will change how we think about electric SUVs. See what happens when you take a risk for once (or twice), GM? – Jalopnik

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