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Top News Links: Thursday, April 19

BCA, Alabama Tech Network honor top businesses

The Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network announced the 2018 Manufacturer of The Year winners during an awards luncheon ceremony Wednesday at the Alabama Activity Center. The Manufacturers of the Year in the large, medium, and small manufacturer categories, respectively, are ADTRAN Inc. in Huntsville, Birmingham Fastener & Supply Inc. in Birmingham, and Ecovery LLC in Loxley. ADTRAN was a MOTY award winner in 2010. – News release

Target expands curbside product pickup to Alabama

Target customers in Alabama will soon be able to get their groceries and other items without leaving the car. The chain announced Tuesday it is expanding its drive-up service to nearly 270 stores throughout the Southeast. Users will place their order through the Target app, selecting "drive up" as the fulfillment option. Target will send a notification when the order is ready – usually within one or two hours – and customers will reply with "I'm on the way" when they head to the store. – AL.com

Forget watching corn grow, here they watch the roofs age

Without a doubt, a home’s first and best line of defense against the weather is its roof. The Alabama Insurance Underwriting Association has partnered with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety to develop a roof aging farm in Foley to help determine how different roofing materials are impacted by weather and aging. A dedication to commemorate the opening will take place today at 3:30 p.m. at Graham Creek Nature Preserve in Foley. – News release

Unique fire safety and education center to rise in Pelham

Pelham has been chosen as the site for a one-of-a-kind interactive center aimed at informing the public about safety. The National Center for Fire and Life Safety and the National Fire Protection Association have announced the NFPA HEROES Experience will be built in Pelham. – AL.com

Supreme Court may rain on Alabama’s revenue parade

The Supreme Court is considering changing precedent set that could directly affect new sales tax legislation in Alabama. The Shirt Shop Owner Charles Spurlin said the option for out-of-staters to buy online and avoid sales tax is bad for business. On top of that, he said the city needs the revenue. – ABC3340

Opinion: Alabama’s gambling laws hold back revenue

As vice president of finance for Alpha Kappa Psi at The University of Alabama, Parker Johnson is in charge of making fundraising opportunities for the people in the organization. A quick idea for raising money turned out to be more unattainable than he had thought.  “I know a lot of groups want to do a [March Madness] bracket fundraiser,” said Johnson, a junior studying finance and accounting.  Johnson said their regional director shot down the idea. – ua.edu

New species of ancient sea turtle unearthed in Alabama

A new species of extinct sea turtle, Peritresius martini, has been discovered, according to a University of Alabama at Birmingham study. The fossils of P. martini fill in a significant gap in the lineage leading to modern sea turtles by serving as an important missing link that directly ties together living and extinct species. The PLOS One study shows that P. martini lived between 70 million and 73 million years ago when southern Alabama was covered by a shallow, inland ocean that stretched across most of modern-day North America. – Press release

Ford’s F-150 Power Stroke diesel model hits 30 mpg target

Ford’s F series diesel engine hit the company’s fuel economy target. The 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke diesel scored a 30 mpg highway EPA rating, Ford Motor Company announced today. The best-selling truck (or car) in the United States for many years running, the 2018 Ford F-150 can now claim the highest EPA-estimated highway fuel rating bragging rights for a full-sized pickup truck. – Digital Trends

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