Top Headlines: Tornado damage in Wetumpka, Shutdown derails Alabama prison investigation

Key Birmingham interstate link shuts today for repairs
The interchange of Interstates 20 and 59 shuts tonight for 14 months of repair work. The stretch of road involved handles about 160,000 vehicles a day. —

EF2 tornado damages structures in Wetumpka
Saturday’s wild weather damaged homes, businesses and churches in Wetumpka. Weather experts are surveying the scene and have listed the storm as an EF2. — Montgomery Advertiser

Shutdown derails DOJ investigate of Alabama prisons
Federal Department of Justice attorneys have requested more time to respond to documents filed in a dispute over Alabama’s prison, citing the government shutdown that prevents them from working. — Montgomery Advertiser

Huntsville businessman accused of fraud files for bankruptcy
Steve Shickles, CEO of infotech firm SimpleHelix until he was sued by the company for embezzlement, has filed for bankruptcy, listing the company among his creditors. —

Quick check for pathogens performs well in preview testing
GeneCapture, a biotech firm headquartered at Huntsville’s HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, previewed data from preliminary testing that it performed in conjunction with the University of Alabama in Huntsville clinics — demonstrating its ability to identify pathogens and find the best antibiotic options in less than an hour. — GeneCapture Press Release

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Calhoun County kicks off bike share program
Residents and visitors to Anniston, Jackson and Oxford can now participate in a bike sharing program, which the communities are operating in conjunction with VeoRide. — WBRC

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