Top Headlines: Encompass building facility in Florida, Redstone Gateway adds Cintel Inc.

Encompass to build 50-bed facility in Tampa Bay
Encompass Health will build a 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Tampa Bay, Florida, to open in 2021. The Birmingham-based company said the hospital will be built at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Van Dyke Road, providing rehabilitative services to patients dealing with debilitating illnesses and injuries. –

Redstone Gateway adds Cintel Inc., more growth planned
Redstone Gateway has attracted another high-tech tenant to the growing development just outside the gates of the sprawling Army base. Cintel Inc. has leased about 8,200 square feet at 4100 Market Street at Redstone Gateway, developer Corporate Office Properties Trust announced Monday. The transaction will also result in new construction at the development at the main entrance of Redstone Arsenal. –

ALDOT: Suck it up, there’s going to be a bridge toll
The Alabama Department of Transportation just released what it calls the first of several “Mythbuster” posts to more clearly state its case for tolling and construction of the $2.1 billion Mobile River Bridge and Bayway. Without a toll the project won’t happen, ALDOT says. “Due to a nationwide shortage in funding for major transportation infrastructure projects, the state and federal government do not have sufficient funding to deliver the project through its traditional funding model which typically has an 80/20 split between federal investment and state investment.” – NBC-15

Alabama goes to court to protect wreck of slave ship
The Alabama Historical Commission has asked a federal judge to declare it is the owner of the last slave ship known to bring human cargo from Africa to the United States so that it can better preserve the shipwreck. On Friday, the state of Alabama, on behalf of the commission, filed an admiralty claim for the Clotilda, an 86-foot schooner that carried 109 enslaved Africans to Alabama in July 1860, more than 50 years after the nation banned the importation of slaves. – Courthouse News

UAB Health System CEO, UnitedHealthcare trade barbs in contract dispute
The CEO of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System criticized UnitedHealthcare’s profits amid tense contract negotiations between the two organizations, according to local news station WBRC. Starting July 31, nearly 25,000 UnitedHealthcare members could lose in-network access to UAB Health if a compromise isn’t reached. While UAB Health argues UnitedHealthcare is requesting rates similar to less comprehensive providers in Alabama, UnitedHealthcare says UAB Health’s prices are too high. – Becker’s Health Care

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EDPA’s imerge event is going to the moon
The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama’s “imerge” event next month will look to the stars – and close to home. The annual event honoring entrepreneurs and opportunity will mark Alabama’s contribution to the 1969 moon landing, as well as highlight the future of tech and exploration. The event will be held Wednesday, Aug 28, at Iron City. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. –

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