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Top News Links: Monday, Feb. 8

Hyundai’s Alabama-built Elantra all over Super Bowl

Hyundai on Sunday got some big time recognition for its redesigned 2017 Alabama-built Elantra sedan that was featured in several Super Bowl 50 commercials starring actor Ryan Reynolds. The company shot and aired four commercials for the Super Bowl, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce. Hyundai is an official NFL sponsor and regular Super Bowl advertiser. – BizJournals.com

Four arrested, charged with insurance fraud

Four suspects have been arrested in south Alabama for allegedly staging structure fires, automobile accidents, vandalism, and personal injury “accidents” in order to receive fraudulent monetary claims from insurance companies. The fraud operation had been going on for up to 15 years, officials said. – Insurance Journal

Smaller businesses take up Walmart slack in Fairfield

A food and pharmacy desert. That's the result of the Walmart closure in Fairfield. It left many wondering where to shop. Many people who live in Fairfield now travel not even a mile to Midfield and support Alabama-based business Piggly Wiggly and locally owned Mills Pharmacy. "Yes, we've seen a lot heavier business since the Walmart closed," Piggly Wiggly's Director of Operation David Otta said. – WVTM

EDPA looking for state’s top innovators

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama is looking for the state's top innovators, to be recognized at the 6th Annual Alabama Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference Aug. 31. The event is designed to celebrate the vital role of entrepreneurs, startups and other innovators in the state economy. – AL.com

Gift will further research, education at Auburn

A $2.5 million gift from Charles C. “Buddy” Miller III and wife Pinney Allen will memorialize an Auburn University alumnus and poultry industry innovator while furthering plans for a modern, multiphase research and education center for Auburn’s College of Agriculture. – News release

‘Ready to Work’ program open for registration

Calhoun’s “Ready to Work” program is open for registration. This 8-week program collaborates with local hiring agencies and the Calhoun Career Placement office to provide hands on instruction and a career pathway for adults with limited education and employment experience. – News release

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