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Top News Links: Monday, Feb. 27

Trump teams says new travel ban will be ‘flawless’

President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new refugee and immigration executive order on Wednesday, one day after addressing lawmakers at a joint session of Congress. Trump initially planned to sign the new order last week, but spokesman Sean Spicer said the president was holding off "to make sure that when we execute this, it's done in a manner that's flawless." – AP/SacBee.com

Cascades Sonoco announces $16M expansion in Birmingham

Cascades Sonoco announced a $16 million expansion of its Birmingham facility today, which is expected to create 20 jobs. The expansion of the Cleage Drive property will begin soon, with a startup expected in the second quarter of next year, the company said. Once at full capacity, the new coating line will be able to produce up to 50,000 tons of sustainable coated materials each year. – AL.com

Life expectancy in Alabama tied for second lowest in country

The life expectancy of the average Alabamian is 75.4 years, tied with West Virginia for the second shortest in the United States, 24/7 Wall Street reported in a recent study. The only state with a shorter life expectancy is Mississippi at 74.8 years. That age is more than three years lower than the average American. – WAAY

Toyota produces 5 millionth engine in Alabama

The 5 millionth engine rolled off the assembly line Friday at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama in Huntsville. That's enough engines to stretch from Huntsville to Los Angeles, and to supply just about every registered vehicle in Alabama. – AL.com

Evolving preventative care model rolls out in state

With the current legislative session under way government programs including Medicaid are paying close attention to funding for 2017. Regional Care Organizations like Alabama Community Care are working to make sure the Medicaid budget is spent wisely, ensuring patient health. – WAAY

FedEx launches Small Business Grant Contest

FedEx has launched its 5th annual Small Business Grant Contest and has begun accepting applications for a total prize pool of $120,500 - the largest sum since the contest’s inception. – News release

Turns out millennials want cars after all

In the past decade, the rise in car-sharing services and college debt payments led to doubts about millennials' desire to ever own a vehicle. Now millennials make up the fastest growing segment among vehicle buyers and likely will represent about 40 percent of the U.S. new-vehicle market by 2020. – Automotive News

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