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Top News Links: Monday, April 15

UAW targeting Mercedes-Benz plant 

 The United Auto Workers union is campaigning to organize at Alabama's Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa County, among other southern U.S. auto factories. — al.com

JeffCo fires attorney

Jefferson County ousted attorney Jeff Sewell for not working in its best interest just weeks before the county is expected to present a plan regarding how to emerge from the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy.  — Thomson Reuters

Taxpayers will pay for Triumph

In a letter to a U.S. Senator, Carnival Corp. stated that it will not reimburse the government for responding to the Triumph incident in which passengers were stranded at sea for days following an engine room fire, nor will the cruise line reimburse the government for any future incidents involving its ships.— al.com

Alabama introduces civil rights tourism app

The Alabama Tourism Department has launched its first smart phone app, a free app that allows visitors to explore the people, places and events surrounding the fight for equal rights. — San Antonio Express

Finalists named for Shelton State position

The three finalists for president of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa are Robert Gunter, of Arkansas, Linda North, of Wadley, Ala., and Stephen Vacik, of Kansas. — WZTV Nashville

Decreases in planned peanut acres across the board

Farmers across the country are cutting down on peanut planting; farmers in Alabama plan to put in 150,000 acres this year compared to the 250,000 acres planted last year. — Sun Herald

New jobs in Limestone

DHS Systems, a military shelter manufacturer, plans to shift some of its operations to its facility in Limestone County, bringing 110 jobs to the area. — al.com

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