Top Headlines: New Tim Cook biography, 3M settlement totals $35 million

New biography sheds light on Tim Cook’s Alabama past
When future Apple CEO Tim Cook graduated from Auburn University in 1982, he had already had job offers, but hadn’t really thought much about computers. That’s just one of the stories that shed some light on the past of the Alabama native to be found in “Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level,” (Portfolio/Penguin, $27) a new biography by Leander Kahney. –

3M settlement with water authority totals $35 million
3M will pay the West Morgan East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority $35 million in a lawsuit settlement. According to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the settlement amount was agreed upon this month. The company and water authority issued a joint statement Friday on the settlement of the federal lawsuit filed by the water authority in 2015 against 3M over the release of chemicals known as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances into the Tennessee River. –

First passenger flight Wednesday from Mobile Downtown Airport
Chris Curry isn’t one to dwell on historical footnotes related to Mobile’s sometimes colorful aviation past. As president of the Mobile Airport Authority, Curry is charged with a forward-looking approach. But the past will certainly loom over a historic flight from Mobile’s Downtown Airport (coded “BFM”) at the Brookley Aeroplex on Wednesday, when Frontier Airlines Flight 413 is scheduled to depart at 1:59 p.m. to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. –

Lake Martin residential sales up 6.9 percent from a year ago
Lake Martin waterfront-area residential sales totaled 31 units during March, up 6.9 percent from 29 sales in the same month a year earlier, according to the Lake Martin Area Association of Realtors. Results were one sale above the five-year March average of 30 sales. – ANC

Feds give state $30.6M for oil, gas gathered off our coast
U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced Thursday that the department would disburse almost $30.6 million to Alabama and its coastal Baldwin and Mobile counties on Friday. This represents the second disbursement under Phase II of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006. The funds are derived from qualified oil and gas leasing revenues on the Outer Continental Shelf and disbursed in accordance with revenue-sharing provisions. – AR

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Birmingham considering mobile grocery stores to fill food voids
Birmingham is considering mobile grocery stores to fill a gap in residential areas where healthy food options aren’t available. WBRC-TV reports that the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama already operates a truck that sells fruit, fresh vegetables and dairy products in so-called food deserts. City leaders are considering such offerings as part of an initiative by Mayor Randall Woodfin. – AP

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