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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The former Birmingham News production building has been sold for $1.5 million. Al.com reports the buyer is looking to transform the 97,000-square-foot building into a self-storage facility. The Birmingham Design Review Committee approved the concept in February. The former news production building was built in 1982 on 1.60 acres.

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama college is citing declining enrollment for a decision to ends its aquaculture program after 27 years. Gadsden State Community College says it will discontinue the courses next spring. School spokeswoman Jackie Edmondson tells The Gadsden Times the program was one of the few of its kind in the nation. The program teaches students to care for aquatic life in natural and captive environments. About five students have completed the program annually over the last five years.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A vintage Harley-Davidson shipped off for World War I has returned to the United States to be on display for a few days in Alabama. Al.com reports the 1918 Harley-Davidson model J with sidecar was among 20,000 motorcycles that Harley-Davidson built for the American Expeditionary Force that fought in Europe. The bike was shipped out of Port Saint Nazaire in May and arrived at the Port of Mobile this week and will be on display at GulfQuest this weekend.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn University is trying to increase its research programs with $5 million in funding for a variety of projects. University officials say money from the general operating budget is being used to pay for research under a program established last year by President Steven Leath. Leath says in a statement researchers are trying to provide real-world solutions to problems. Research topics include treatments for Alzheimer's disease and housing affordability.

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