Top Headlines: Hoar to build Madison ballpark, Merrill sued by ACLU

Hoar chosen to build Madison ballpark
Hoar Construction has been named general contractor for the Madison Ballpark, which will be home to the Los Angeles Angels new AA affiliate, the Rocket City Trash Pandas. Groundbreaking is slated for October. The new team will take the field in the 2020 season. — Ballpark Digest

Merrill sued by ACLU over Twitter blocking
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for allegedly blocking several people from viewing his Twitter account. — WAFF

Scared of firing Sessions, Trump declares ‘I Don’t Have an Attorney General’
In an interview with The Hill on Tuesday, President Trump reiterated his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Attacks on Sessions have become Trump’s “Free Bird,” and on Tuesday he improvised the old standard, declaring, “I don’t have an Attorney General. It’s very sad.” — Rolling Stone

UAB tapped for Parkinson’s research
The National Institutes of Health has selected the University of Alabama at Birmingham as one of eight Udall Centers of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research. The NIH selection includes nearly $10 million in funding to study the role of inflammation and immune response in the progression of Parkinson’s. Dr. David Standaert will lead the UAB Udall Center. — UAB 

Montgomery to host Diversity Summit
Human resource professionals from all over the country will gather in Montgomery Oct. 2 and 3 for the annual Diversity Summit presented by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. — Montgomery Chamber

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Appeals Court overturns ruling on new markets tax credits
Alabama financial institutions are eligible for a credit against the state’s financial institution excise tax only to the extent funds are distributed to the general fund, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals ruled Friday, overturning and remanding a circuit court ruling. The appeals court found in favor of the state Department of Revenue’s interpretation of the New Markets Tax Credit. — Law 360

ThreatAdvice awarded cybersecurity education contract
ThreatAdvice, a provider of cybersecurity education, awareness and threat intelligence with offices in Birmingham and Montgomery, has been awarded a contract to provide cybersecurity education and awareness to State of Alabama employees. — Market Insider

Alabama firm to tackle troubled Louisiana landfill
The Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday selected PPM Consultants Inc., based in Baldwin County, to oversee operations at the parish’s troubled Waggaman landfill. PPM will provide oversight and technical assistance at the landfill, which is undergoing a major overhaul of its liquid and gas collection systems amid an outcry over rancid smells cropping up regularly in Waggaman, River Ridge and Harahan. — New Orleans Advocate

Shipt Adds Same-Day Delivery From Greer’s along Gulf Coast
Birmingham-based Shipt, a leading same-day delivery service, today begins delivery of groceries and household essentials from Greer’s in Mobile, Fairhope, Pensacola and several nearby communities. — Globe Newswire

FlyQuest opens in Huntsville
FlyQuest, a mobile classroom designed to whet students’ interest in aviation careers, will be unveiled today in Huntsville. The project is sponsored by Signature Flight Support and Huntsville International Airport. — FlyQuest 

Airbus in Mobile delivers first renewable fuel-power aircraft
Airbus Americas today delivers its first A321 aircraft powered by 15.5 percent renewable jet fuel. The new plane will go to JetBlue. Airbus has offered a renewable fuel option from its Toulouse, France, facilities since 2018. — Renewables Now

Mediators, arbitrators launch The Neutral Solution
Three Birmingham-area professional mediators have launched a new business, The Neutral Solution, to help others in their profession with networking, marketing, training, insurance and similar issues. — Press Release 

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