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Top News Links: Thursday, Aug. 25

House expected to consider lottery bill today

An Alabama House committee has approved a proposal for a state lottery, putting it in position for final passage by the Legislature on Thursday. The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee approved the bill Wednesday by a vote of 8-3, with one abstention. – AL.com

JamisonMoneyFarmer announces new leadership

JamisonMoneyFarmer PC Executive Board Chairman, Carl T. Jamison, has announced that Scott Goldsmith has been elected President and Managing Shareholder of the CPA firm and will assume the position on September 1, 2016. – News Release

Smithsonian excited about new Montgomery museum

The iconography of slavery and segregation can be found nearly everywhere in the United States, be it statues dedicated to prominent slave owners from history or government buildings built by slaves. But soon, a new monument and museum in Montgomery will directly confront some of the worst atrocities committed in American history by memorializing the thousands of black people who were lynched in the U.S. – Smithsonian

Alabama towns hit by coal layoffs may get federal help

Communities in nine U.S. states that have been hard-hit by coal layoffs are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant. Officials for the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies announced the 29 projects totaling nearly $39 million Wednesday at a news conference in Huntington, West Virginia. – AL.com

Trump supporters accept immigration ‘softening’ so far

Donald Trump seemed to back away this week from a cornerstone of his campaign: His hardline stance on illegal immigration, including his support for mass deportations and opposition to legalization for undocumented immigrants. The move stunned pundits and even prompted criticism from some outspoken pro-Trump commentators, including conservative author Ann Coulter. – NBC

Alabama ranked highly for workforce training, auto strength

Business Facilities magazine rated Alabama among the top states for workforce training programs, auto manufacturing strength, and foreign direct investment in its 2016 rankings. In addition, the economic development-focused publication rated Huntsville No. 1 among U.S. cities for STEM job growth, and No. 3 for economic growth potential. The Rocket City was No. 5 for cost of living. – Made In Alabama

Infirmary Health breaks ground on Saraland project

Infirmary Health held a groundbreaking ceremony last week for Infirmary Medical Plaza in Saraland.  The healthcare development includes a three-story, 68,000 square foot medical office building with a one-story, 10,000 square foot imaging center. Hoar Construction is serving as general contractor for the south Alabama project, and Earl Swensson Associates, Inc. is the architect. – News release

Two emerging start-ups to graduate from incubator

Ugo Convenience Delivery and SWJ Breilmann will become the latest graduates of The Edge – Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation incubation program. A graduation event will be held today at 3 p.m. at The Edge, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 800 22nd Avenue, Tuscaloosa. – News release

Hyundai reaches agreement with South Korean union

Hyundai Motor reached a tentative wage pact with its South Korean labor union, potentially avoiding more strikes and production losses at its biggest manufacturing base. The agreement, which is much less generous than last year's package, is subject to a vote by about 48,000 union members on Friday, a spokesman for the company's in-house union said. – Automotive News

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