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Top News Links: Wednesday, Aug. 31

Site prepared for Box Row development

A hotly anticipated Avondale retail development is closer to reality. Golden Bell Capital - the developer of Box Row - started demolition of the Star Motel at 4121 3rd Ave S., across 3rd Ave. S. from Wasabi Juan's. When complete, Box Row will be a 14,000-square-foot, mixed-use project made entirely of used shipping containers. It'll include retail, restaurants and offices. – AL.com

Southern Research, UAB partner for jobs project

A research institute is developing a strategic plan aimed at spurring employment and new business activity in 19 Alabama counties hard-hit by the decline of the coal industry. Southern Research will use a $60,202 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for the work, the Birmingham-based institute announced Tuesday. It will partner with the University of Alabama at Birmingham to explore ways that new jobs can be created in Alabama's coal region. – AP/SunHerald

Mobile-built LCS has engine trouble on first deployment

The USS Coronado, a Littoral Combat Ship built by Austal in Mobile, broke down Monday after experiencing engineering problems four days into a voyage from Hawaii to the Western Pacific. The ship is returning to Pearl Harbor under its own power to undergo repairs, according to a U.S. Navy spokesperson. – AL.com

SouthPoint Industrial Park scores AdvantageSite designation

SouthPoint Industrial Park in Limestone County has received its first Alabama AdvantageSite designation. AdvantageSite requires that community economic development organizations provide documentation specific to a proposed industrial site, including a set of standard data related to ownership control, environmental and geotechnical conditions, and infrastructure status. – News release

Bentley will appeal dismissal of refugee lawsuit

Gov. Robert Bentley will appeal a federal judge’s dismissal of his lawsuit over refugee settlement. The governor's office filed a notice of appeal Tuesday with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, though had not submitted formal arguments Tuesday morning. In a statement, Bentley said U.S. Magistrate Judge John Ott dismissed his lawsuit on a technicality and not ruled on his allegations that the federal government was not providing proper reporting on refugee settlement. – Montgomery Advertiser

Analyst blames governor for lottery crash and burn

A proposal to let Alabama voters decide on a state lottery died in the Alabama Senate last week despite the fact both the House and Senate passed lottery bills. The bills couldn’t be reconciled, essentially killing the effort for the legislature’s special session. – WHNT

Peoples Bank opens new Hoover office

Peoples Bank of Alabama hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today that marked the official opening of its newest full-service banking office at 1800 International Park in Hoover. The event was hosted by the Birmingham Business Alliance and the Hoover Chamber of Commerce. – News release

Nissan adds Derrick Henry to ‘Heisman House’ campaign

Nissan launched its latest “Heisman House” campaign today by adding 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry to the collection of the house’s football players. Commercials for the campaign, now in its sixth season, will air on ESPN beginning Thursday and run throughout the 2016 college football season. – Automotive News

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