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Top News Links: Wednesday, Feb. 25

Protective Life donates another $700,000 to zoo, art museum

The day after announcing major gifts to University of Alabama and UAB, Protective Life and its new parent, Dai-ichi Life, announced gifts totaling $700,000 to the Birmingham Zoo, Art Museum, Negro Southern League Museum and the 50th anniversary celebration of the Selma bridge crossing. The Zoo is the big recipient, with $500,000.  — AL.com

Greenwood Global to open recycling facility in Tuskegee

Alabama firm Greenwood Global has announced plans to open a recycling and manufacturing facility in Tuskegee and plans to hire nearly 200 for jobs in its call center, as sales representatives, managers, drivers, warehouse personnel and energy auditors. — AL.com‚Äč

Doster breaks ground for HealthSouth addition in Arkansas

Birmingham-based Doster Construction broke ground recently for a $6.1 million addition to a HealthSouth rehab hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The 11,000-square-foot addition will provide space for 20 more beds. — Doster PR

Stevens to leave Motion Industries

Bill Stevens, chairman of Birmingham-based Motion Industries, has announced his retirement after 37 years with the company. When Stevens leave at the beginning of March, President and CEO Tim Breen will take over the role of chairman. — Motion Industries PR

Mine plans draw call for public hearing

Wolf Springs-based MS Industries’ plans for a surface mine to extract crude oil from oil-bearing shale in Lawrence County have prompted area citizens to ask for a public hearing before the state Department of Environmental Management. — Florence Times Daily

Two teens arrested for stealing data from Florence-area ATM machines

Police in Killen have arrested two Georgia teens for allegedly attaching a card reader to a Sun Trust ATM machine in Killen.  Authorities in Florence found a similar device on the ATM at a Florence branch. — Florence Times Daily

Ground broken for new Albertville shopping center

City, store and developer officials broke ground Tuesday for a new 135,000-square-foot shopping center in Albertville. The  $18 million center developed by Tennessee-based GBT Realty Corp.  is expected to open in about a year and has commitments from T.J. Maxx, Ross Dress for Less, Hibbett Sports, Pet Smart and Hobby Lobby. — Gadsden Times

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