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Top News Links: Friday, December 1

What’s Mazda role in proposed new car plant?

A lot of attention has been paid to Toyota's plans for a proposed $1.6 billion U.S. auto plant, but what will Mazda be producing as part of the joint venture? Alabama and North Carolina are reportedly the final two states in the running for the plant, which Toyota and Mazda first announced in August. It is projected to be operational by 2021. – AL.com

Solar farm now operating in Dothan

A statewide cooperative is in the midst of an initiative to determine if solar power is feasible in the state has opened a solar farm in the largest city it serves. The Dothan Eagle reports Dothan Utilities began providing solar power to the city's electrical grid Thursday, at Mayor Mark Saliba's flip of the switch. – AP/The Olympian

Swift App Development class to start at Wallace

Wallace State’s Computer Science program is offering a new Swift App Development class beginning with the spring 2018 semester. Through a partnership with the Alabama Community College System and Apple, students can register for CIS 157 and learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology. – News release

Louisiana man accused of fraud arrested in Alabama

A man who promised to bring a $1.5 billion aluminum plant to Louisiana has been arrested in Alabama in a separate Louisiana fraud case. The Town Talk of Alexandria, Louisiana, reports that the Mobile County Sheriff’s Department arrested Roger Boggs on an Alexandria Police Department warrant accusing him of fraud. – AP/Seattle Times

Lowndes County voters to vote on property tax renewal

Like people in the rest of Alabama, residents of Lowndes County will vote for an Alabama U.S. Senator on December 12th. But they’ll also vote on the proposed renewal of three property tax measures equaling seven mills of tax. That’s about seven dollars in tax for every thousand dollars of  property’s value. – ANN

Sylacauga native Jim Nabors dies in Hawaii at 87

Goodbye, Gomer. Jim Nabors, who created one of TV’s beloved comedic characters, Gomer Pyle, died Thursday in Hawaii at the age of 87, his personal assistant, Charisse Gines, confirmed for USA TODAY. The entertainer and Sylacauga native, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died peacefully at his home after his health had declined for the past year. – USA Today

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