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Top News Links: Thursday, Feb. 2

Trump trade war could cost Alabama jobs

If President Donald Trump follows through on threats to trash the North American Free Trade Agreement or impose stiff import tariffs, U.S. car prices would jump and more than 31,000 auto manufacturing workers in Alabama and across the nation could lose their jobs, according to government data and industry experts. – Montgomery Advertiser

Construction firms hoping for new infrastructure efforts

The Mobile area might have seen its share of positive economic developments in the last year, but there's at least one persistent sore spot: a lack of growth in construction jobs. Brian Turmail, national spokesman for the Associated General Contractors of America, visited the Mobile waterfront on Wednesday to highlight the issue, joined by representatives of the Mobile business community. – AL.com

Bentley spends up last of campaign funds to pay lawyers

Embattled Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley emptied his leftover campaign funds to pay legal bills as he faced an impeachment push and fallout from a scandal. Bentley's campaign finance report filed Tuesday shows the governor's campaign paid more than $320,000 in legal bills in 2016. – AP/Greenville Sun

Historic tax credit has better shot in 2017

A new study is helping the push to reestablish Alabama's historic tax credit. A look across downtown Birmingham will show what the credit has already helped accomplish. Developers of the Pizitz Building, Empire Building and Thomas Jefferson Tower all attribute the state tax credit to making the projects feasible. – ABC3340

Rice Advisory named top advisor by Thomson Reuters

For the third consecutive year, Montgomery-based Rice Advisory LLC has been named Alabama’s top municipal financial advisor by Thomson Reuters. For the year ended December 31, 2016, Rice Advisory completed work on 39 municipal bond issues totaling $1.745 billion in par amount.  – News release

USA Med Center acquires Germ-Zapping Robot

The University of South Alabama Medical Center, part of USA Health, is the first hospital in the region to acquire a Xenex LightStrike™ Germ-Zapping Robot™ to enhance environmental cleanliness and transform the way care is delivered by disinfecting and destroying hard-to-kill pathogens in hard-to-clean places. – BusinessWire 

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