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Top News Links: Monday, Feb. 13

Appeals court sees through radiologists’ BP claim

An Alabama radiology practice that was denied business-loss compensation by the claims program for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been denied again at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Alabama Coastal Radiology, comprised of 16 radiologists, had attempted to obtain compensation as a "Multi-Facility Business" under the business economic-loss framework of the Court Supervised Settlement Program, according to court documents. – Louisiana Record

Motus Motors pitches ‘Southern Powersports Corridor’

Birmingham-based Motus Motors spent some time this week on Capitol Hill pitching the concept of a "Southern Powersports Corridor" to be based in Alabama, company officials said. The pitch was based on Alabama's status over the last 20 years as one of the top states for automobile manufacturing, as well as the growth of its powersports sector. – AL.com

Business groups line up against proposed bathroom bill

An array of business and economic development groups are vocalizing their concerns about the Alabama version of a controversial restroom bill that plunged North Carolina into political chaos. Among those groups: the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, the Business Council of Alabama, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance and the Coastal Alabama Partnership, to name a few. – AL.com

Verizon announces new unlimited data plan starting today

Verizon says it’s looking to meet the demands of customers who are consuming more data than their plans allow. The telecommunications giant is offering various unlimited data plans beginning Monday for its customers. Verizon is offering two different plans, based on how many lines customers have. – WAAY

Walmart helping Fort Payne to reclaim sock domination

Walmart has announced plans to begin purchasing supplies from Renfro Corporation, a local company based in Fort Payne. Walmart says it will begin to source materials from American-based companies like Renfro Corporation in an effort to invest in U.S. manufacturing. Renfro Corporation believes the investments will create around 442 jobs in textile manufacturing, namely by providing Walmart with athletic socks. – WHNT

Father pushing state for insurance reform on autism

The Autism Society of Alabama is pushing for an insurance reform. One in every 68 children is diagnosed with autism. The society said thousands of families in Alabama could benefit from a reform. Alabama is one of five states that doesn't mandate insurance coverage for effective autism therapies. – WHNT

G.A. West wins contract with AM/NS Calvert

G.A. West & Co., Inc. has been awarded a contract by AM/NS Calvert to work on the company’s Hot Strip Mill Logistics Center in Calvert, Alabama, 35 miles north of Mobile. Under the terms of the contract, G.A. West will install heavy basement foundations as well as a metal building. This work is expected to be performed over an eight-month period with a kick off date starting shortly. – News release

Coastal car dealer learns hiring from steak house

When General Manager Rich Mahon made small talk with servers at a high-end restaurant in Florida, little did he know it would lead to big ideas for hiring and retention at his car dealership. But Mahon had an epiphany that evening in 2015 when he learned that the average server at Bern's Steak House in Tampa had worked there for 15 years. – Automotive News

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