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Top News Links: Monday, April 17

Trump to nominate Spencer Bachus III to Ex-Im board

President Trump plans to nominate a vocal critic of the U.S. Export-Import Bank to serve as its president. The White House announced late Friday that Trump plans to nominate Scott Garrett, a former Republican congressman from New Jersey, to serve as president of the credit agency. Trump will also nominate Spencer T. Bachus III of Alabama, another former House member, to serve as a member of the bank's board of directors. – Chicago Tribune

USA launches Minority Business Accelerator

The University of South Alabama has launched a new program to help minority businesses around Mobile. The Minority Business Accelerator program aims to assist small businesses with things like understanding their customers and product and putting things into action to help grow. – AP/Local15

Honda clears the deck for 2018 Odyssey minivan

Honda's Lincoln plant is getting ready to produce the new 2018 Odyssey minivan. The final models of the current generation of the Odyssey rolled off the assembly line in Lincoln Thursday night, a moment celebrated with a tweet. Honda President Takahiro Hachigo said the new Odyssey was "created to make every member of the family happy." – AL.com

Birmingham’s dual-branded Hilton to open in September

The dual-branded Hilton hotel in downtown Birmingham will open in September, a representative for the developer said. Dothan-based LBA Properties is developing the hotel, which will house a Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites, a Hilton extended stay brand, at Second Avenue South and 17th Street Wednesday morning. – AL.com

AT&T to announce Limestone County tech additions

AT&T is expected to make an economic development announcement in Limestone County this morning. The telecommunications company says it will announce infrastructure improvements affecting Breeding and Elm industrial parks and Southpoint Business Park. The Limestone County Economic Development Association will also be present, along with area leaders. – WAAY

Taxpayers rush to complete tax filings

Millions of taxpayers are rushing to complete their federal and state filings before the April 18 deadline. Among them are several million people in this country illegally, and there are signs that fewer such immigrants are filing than in years past. – APR

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