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Top News Links: Monday, Dec. 5

Carrier deal has incentive watchers scratching their heads

President-elect Donald Trump's deal to keep a major heating and air conditioning manufacturer operating in Indiana was hailed by the incoming administration as a victory, saving about 1,000 jobs. The incentive-laced deal also involved awarding tax credits and wielding possible threats of federal action to keep the company from leaving the United States. In the aftermath, many are watching it closely. – AL.com

Lake Martin home sales drop in October

Lake Martin waterfront sales totaled 21 units during October, down 19 percent from the same period in 2015. Year-to-date sales on Lake Martin’s waterfront are 12 percent below the same period a year ago. It is important to note that even single-digit changes in the home sales total can cause double-digit percentage changes. – Alabama News Center

Alabama’s TVA voice may soon be silenced

North Alabama leaders are racing the clock to keep an Alabama man on the Tennessee Valley Authority board they say is vital to the area's growing economy. But Huntsville attorney Joe Ritch's TVA board seat - the only one held by an Alabamian - may become a casualty of the calendar, the election of President-elect Donald Trump, and the changing fortunes of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Mobile). – AL.com

Crude oil above $55 a barrel for first time in 16 months

Brent crude oil prices rose above $55 a barrel on Monday, trading at a fresh 16-month high, as optimism spread about the prospect of a tightening market after OPEC members agreed on a landmark deal to cut production last week. – CNBC

Airbus delivers first Alabama-built jet for Delta

A few days ago, it flew over the Iron Bowl. Now the 15th Airbus A321 built in Mobile is in the hands of its owner, Delta Air Lines. Airbus and Delta officials and staff gathered Friday afternoon for a ceremony officially marking the handover of the jet, which they said holds a unique place in the relationship between the two companies. – AL.com

EPA clean air ruling puts Trump, automakers in bind

The politics of fuel economy just got messier. The EPA's surprise decision last week to uphold its greenhouse-gas targets keeps the auto industry pretty much where it was, on the road to cleaner and more efficient cars, and in pursuit of a light-vehicle fleet that averages more than 50 mpg by 2025. – Automotive News

Alabama’s prison system back on trial today

A lawsuit on behalf of Alabama's prisoners, claiming they're being denied mental health care, begins in federal court Monday. The class-action suit states that Alabama doesn't provide adequate mental health treatment for those behind bars. Lawyers for the prisoners argue that the state provides little other than medication, and sometimes inmates are forced to take it against their will. – NPR

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