Top Headlines: Buc-ee’s open in Robertsdale, Incysus raises $10 million for cancer research

Buc-ee’s officially open in Baldwin County
Buc-ee’s has finally branched out of Texas. The legendary Texas convenience store and travel center chain opened its first location outside the Lone Star State in Alabama on Monday. The new store is located just off of Interstate 10 in Robertsdale, between Mobile and Pensacola, Florida. The 50,000-square-foot store has 124 fueling positions and all of the goodies Buc-ee’s is known for: barbeque, beef jerky, homemade fudge and of course, Beaver Nuggets. – NBC

Incysus raises $10 million in financing for cancer treatment research
Biopharmaceutical company Incysus, which has its scientific operations based in Birmingham, has announced it raised $10 million in Series A financing. In addition to supporting development of the company’s drug-resistant immunotherapy technology, the funding also ensures Incysus’ scientific work will continue in Birmingham at Innovation Depot. Lawrence S. Lamb has been appointed executive vice president and chief scientific officer. –

Meteorologists who warned of Wetumpka storm aren’t being paid
As a line of storms headed toward Alabama on Saturday, meteorologists at National Weather Service’s Birmingham office didn’t miss a beat. They tracked radar, disseminated tornado watches and updated social media. Their tornado warnings tipped off thousands in central Alabama of incoming storms, one of which tore through homes in downtown Wetumpka, where residents were able to take shelter safely with minimal injuries. – Montgomery Advertiser

Birmingham’s Mercantile on Morris offers residential, retail flair
Mercantile on Morris is Orchestra Partners’ adaptive reuse project for Morris Avenue, and it is scheduled to be completed late this year. It’s yet another piece in the resurgence of downtown Birmingham, as the development plans a pedestrian plaza, residential condos and restaurant and retail space. –

State lawmaker seeks to separate King, Lee holidays
A Birmingham lawmaker wants to separate the Alabama holiday that jointly honors slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Mississippi and Alabama are the only two states that on Monday will jointly honor King and Lee with a single state holiday. State Rep. John Rogers, a Birmingham Democrat, plans to introduce legislation to split the two and move Lee’s holiday to Confederate Memorial Day, which is held in April. – Alabama Today

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Shelby high on port, cautious on Mobile bridge
Speaking Friday in Mobile, U.S. Sen Richard Shelby shared a few thoughts on development of the port, the proposed I-10 bridge, current federal government shutdown and the possibility that U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne might seek to join him in the Senate. Shelby gave prominence to developments at the port, which perhaps was no surprise given the venue: A Chamber of Commerce “Forum Alabama” breakfast sponsored by the Alabama State Port Authority. –

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