Top Headlines: UAB-Ascension alliance, Lake Martin home sales up

What will UAB-Ascension alliance mean?
A strategic alliance announced last week between UAB Health System and Ascension St. Vincent’s cleared a hurdle Friday as the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved the alliance at a special meeting. But the exact details of how it will work are still somewhat of a mystery. In announcing the alliance, the two entities said they will be able to address multiple health issues, including diabetes, mental and behavioral health, and expand access to healthcare for Alabama’s poor and rural residents. –

Lake Martin waterfront home sales up significantly in December
Waterfront-area residential sales at Lake Martin totaled 27 units during December, up 68.8% from the same month a year earlier, according to the Lake Martin Area Association of Realtors. Results were up 58.8% from the previous month, with 17 units sold in November 2019, and 43.6% above the five-year average of 19 closed transactions. – AL NewsCenter

There’s money to be made down at the car wash
Mississippi investors paid $2.25 million for Pinnacle Car Wash at 3890 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores, according to Lydia Franz of REMAX of Orange Beach, who represented the seller. Lauren Handley of Local Property, Inc. worked for the buyer. Pinnacle is an express tunnel car wash with interior full service and hand wax options. –

Construction workers critically injured in accident at Bryant-Denny Stadium
Two construction workers were trapped after a construction accident at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday evening, according to Tuscaloosa Fire-Rescue. The two men were trapped after two concrete beams fell and collided with a man lift being operated by the workers. It’s believed that one of the workers is paralyzed and the other has sustained massive head trauma. – ABC3340

Alabama saw record low unemployment in 2019, better wages
The year 2019 will be remembered for both our bicentennial as a state and for the record low unemployment. Not only are more people working in Alabama than ever before but average wages are also at a record high. Alabama’s unemployment rate of 2.7 percent is the fifth lowest rate in the entire country; and is tied with Iowa. – AL Political Reporter

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Toyota’s ‘self-charging hybrid’ ad is banned in Norway, deemed a lie
Toyota has a history of creating misleading electric-vehicle advertising, especially with its “self-charging hybrid” ad campaign. Norway has now banned the campaign, deeming it a lie. The Japanese automaker has long been a proponent of hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. In the process, it has shunned all-electric vehicles and focused on “electrified” by 2025. Toyota has been going further than simply not making all-electric vehicles, aside from compliance cars. It has also been producing advertising content that some would call propaganda against all-electric vehicles. – Electrek

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