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AL Medical Boards Could Face Scrutiny from Federal Trade Commission

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A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision set a new precedent regarding federal antitrust laws and state medical agencies. The ruling means regulatory groups made up of members with private sector interests are subject to federal antitrust laws. Agencies like the Medical Association of Alabama – which is headed by several private medical practitioners – could potentially be affected. But, as Nick Patterson, editor of the weekly newspaper Weld explains, Alabama lawmakers this year were quick to shield state medical boards from the federal rule change. This has some questioning the Legislature’s reason for this move.

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Birmingham Weekly Newspaper Halts Publishing

Weld general manager, Heather Milam Nikolich, tells WBHM's Esther Ciammachilli the move is temporary.

Birmingham Officials Spend Hundreds of Thousands on Travel Annually

A review by the weekly newspaper Weld finds one Birmingham City Council member was responsible for nearly half of the council's entire travel budget last fiscal year.

Humane Society Approved for New 27-acre Facility in Titusville

The Birmingham City Council Tuesday transferred ownership of the property in Titusville to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Despite overwhelming support from residents, some in the neighborhood voiced concerns about the move. Hear more from Nick Patterson of Weld.

Changes to Mayor-Council Act Deepening Rift at Birmingham City Hall

Weld investigates changes to the Mayor-Council Act and what Mayor William Bell is doing with his new authority.

Birmingham Mayor’s Office Releases Proposed Budget

Weld editor Nick Patterson talks about Birmingham Mayor William Bell's proposed city budget.

Alabama’s Exotic Pet Laws Could Soon Change

Nick Patterson, editor of Weld, discusses how Alabama lawmakers are considering changing the state’s regulations on exotic pet ownership.

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