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Top News Links: Thursday, Dec. 1

CleBer launches marketing for its Iron Horse

In a new factory off Main Street in Fyffe, a business this week began marketing what it says could revolutionize agricultural for the small farmer all over the world. CleBer LLC hosted the opening of its plant, to manufacture the Oggun Iron Horse, a tractor designed for small-scale domestic and international farmers. – AL.com

Finally, BP oil money used for coastal projects

Alabama made up for lost time with the coastal land purchases and projects announced last week. Governor Robert Bentley and the team that pushed for these purchases, including Patti Powell, State Lands Division head, and Gunter Guy, Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, deserve applause. – AL.com

Barkley donates a cool million to AA&M

Auburn legend Charles Barkley is giving back to his home state. Barkely, the Auburn basketball All-American who went on to NBA stardom, announced today on WJOX radio in Birmingham that he's giving $1 million apiece to Alabama A&M University in Huntsville and another $1 million to Clark Atlanta, another historically black university. – AL.com

Stop horsing around, it’s a $2 billion industry

Alabama’s horse industry has a substantial impact on the state’s bottom line, pumping an estimated $2.08 billion annually into the Alabama economy and contributing, both directly and indirectly, to about 24,000 jobs that represent $706 million in total labor income. Those were Auburn University researchers’ key findings in a new economic analysis of the state’s equine sector. – News release

RFG Advisory expanding in Vestavia Hills

Birmingham-based RFG Advisory, a financial advisory firm, has announced another expansion of its Birmingham headquarters at 1400 Urban Center Drive in Vestavia Hills. An additional 5,500 square feet of floor space has been added, bringing the total office space to more than 15,000 square feet. – News release

EPA jolts car industry with clean air ruling

The EPA proposed to leave in place its greenhouse gas emissions standards for light vehicles through the 2025 model year, a quicker-than-expected move that shocked auto industry officials and set up a major fight between the industry and regulators.

Opinion: Alabama in position to lead on health care

President-elect Donald Trump and a new Congress have pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare with a new, market-based proposal. As they begin debating what that plan might look like, they may want to turn to Alabama for a roadmap to reducing health care costs. Alabama is among four states considering a bold, state-based plan that would decrease waste in health care by significantly reducing the practice of defensive medicine. – Montgomery Advertiser

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