Top Headlines: Larry Langford Dies, Turner Constructions Expands in Huntsville

Larry Langford, 72, dies in Birmingham hospital
Larry Langford, a former television reporter turned politician who oversaw corruption-tainted bond deals that drove Alabama’s biggest county into a record-setting bankruptcy, has died, less than two weeks after being released from federal prison in Kentucky because of declining health. He was 72. – Bloomberg

Construction starts on UAB high-rise housing
Construction is underway on a new 17-story, mixed-use student housing development near Five Points, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2020. The Opus Group, partnering with The McKinney Fund & Company, announced the beginning of work on the development, going up at the corner of 20th Street South and 10th Avenue on the former site of “The Break.” –

Turner Construction expands Huntsville operations
Turner Construction Co. in Huntsville is expanding its Self-Perform Operations division and promoting four veteran employees to leadership roles as it prepares to open its new fabrication shop early this year. Self-Perform Operations handles specialized construction tasks, including concrete foundation and excavation work, drywall and carpentry. –

Children’s Harbor in north Alabama marking 30th anniversary
With the arrival of 2019, Children’s Harbor is now marking its 30th anniversary. Since 1989 Children’s Harbor has served seriously ill children and their families through unique, no-cost services at both the Family Center located at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham, AL, and at the Lake Martin retreat facility in Alexander City. – News release

Techie crowdsources vacant property database for Birmingham
A lifelong resident of Birmingham, Anthony Hood worked for ten years in coding, systems design and network engineering for AT&T before moving to academia. He saw how innovation, collaboration and technology could be harnessed to address business challenges and create value for shareholders. He was inspired to pursue his doctoral degree as a means to leverage his engineering background to create value for the residents in his hometown and his neighborhood. – NextCity

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Sanders Trust acquires Colorado facility
Birmingham’s The Sanders Trust has now acquired property in its 26th state. The healthcare real estate and development firm announced this week it has acquired a $17 million, 34,068-square-foot Eating Recovery Center facility in Denver, Colo. The $17 million property, built in 2010, is located within five minutes from Denver’s Cherry Creek Mall. –

Three UAB campus buildings receive construction honors
The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business, School of Nursing, and Police and Public Safety headquarters all received an award from the Associated Builders and Contractors Alabama Chapter for their newly constructed buildings, each of which opened in 2018. – UAB

Feds say Tuscaloosa roofing company owes $57K in fines, wages
The U.S. Department of Labor says a roofing company based in Tuscaloosa owes dozens of workers a total of about $57,000 in back wages, overtime and benefits. The agency says a Wage and Hour Division investigation of Maldonado Roofing LLC found the company violated several federal regulations including the Fair Labor Standards Act. – AP

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