Top Headlines: Space Camp fundraiser reaches goal, UA plans Covid isolation unit

Space Camp fundraiser reaches goal
A fundraising campaign to protect Alabama’s famed Space Camp — which was in danger of closing in the wake of the pandemic — has topped its $1.5 million goal, with a $250,000 donation from Huntsville tech company SAIC Inc. Some 8,000 individuals and companies contributed, with donations coming from three dozen countries. — Tuscaloosa News

UA plans 450-bed Covid isolation unit
University of Alabama trustees voted Wednesday to move some students into nearby off-campus housing, thereby clearing 450 dorm rooms to house students who test positive for Covid-19. The university will spend $1.2 million to rent rooms at The Lofts complex. —

BBVA wins kudos for Covid response
BBVA Bank, with 89 branches in Alabama, has been honored by research firm Greenwich Associates, as one of the best for finding ways to help companies weather the Covid crisis. — BBVA Press Release

PrimeSouth Ex-President sentenced
Jimmy Allen Monk, ex-president of PrimeSouth Bank, has been sentenced to a year in federal prison after pleading guilty to bank fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s office reports. In a news release, the office said that Monk would take our loans from client accounts and apply the funds toward loans in danger of default, “to cover up the status of the loans he had approved.” — Montgomery Advertiser

Coins making comeback in Shoals
Coins, in short supply as the pandemic progressed, have begun to reappear in sufficient numbers in The Shoals area, local businesses report. — TimesDaily

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Gadsden, Dothan see rebounding sales tax revenue
While many communities are struggling with a loss of sales tax revenue, Gadsden officials reported that receipts are down only 4.1 percent, year over year, and that receipts are quickly returning to normal levels. Dothan, meanwhile, has seen a sales tax surge leading to a $6.3 million surplus for the year. — Gadsden Times; Dothan Eagle 

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