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Top News Links: Friday, April 21

Honda to start building new Odyssey vans Tuesday

Honda is getting ready for the next generation of its popular Odyssey minivan. Production on the 2018 model - which was redesigned and unveiled earlier this year - will begin Tuesday. The company is planning a start-up celebration for employees that day. – AL.com

Port of Mobile has new vessel-sharing agreement

Alabama State Port Authority and APM Terminals in May will launch an AL 4 service network between the Port of Mobile and ports in Northern Europe. THE Alliance, a vessel sharing agreement between five container ocean carriers – Hapag-Lloyd of Germany; Yang Ming of Taiwan; and Japan’s NYK Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and “K” Line – will provide vessel calls through APM Terminals Mobile. With the new arrangement, Mobile will be served by the three largest global container carrier alliances. – News release

Troy University offers Global Azure Bootcamp

Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business will be in class Saturday when it hosts for the second year the Global Azure Bootcamp. The 100-person class is full, and the TROY site is one of about 180 sites in 65 countries that will host the deep-dive session into Microsoft Azure, a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and information technology professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications through Microsoft’s network of data centers. – News release

House passes bill requiring carriers to cover autism

A unanimous vote in the Alabama House of Representatives Thursday was celebrated by families in the Autism Community. The House passed a bill requiring insurance companies cover medically necessary treatment for autism. Alabama is one of five states that does not have that requirement in place. The autism community tried to pass a bill like this for years. This is the first time for the measure to pass a chamber at the Alabama State House. It now moves upstairs to the Senate. – ABC 3340

State’s first public charter school opens in Mobile

Alabama’s first public charter school opened its doors today at the Bel Air office complex located at 3100 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile. ACCEL Day and Evening Academy will serve high school students in grades 9-12 from Baldwin, Mobile and Washington Counties. ACCEL will provide students with a challenging college preparatory curriculum, individualized construction, small class sizes and an engaging use of technology in a safe, supportive environment to ensure students graduate college and career ready. – News release

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