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Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 21

Facebook founder drops by Mobile for seafood

It's not everyday a billionaire tech entrepreneur quietly waltzes into a local restaurant in downtown Mobile, in a black mock neck sweater and jeans, and asks for a seafood platter. But that's exactly what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in the mood for when he was on Dauphin Street Saturday night, according to Wintzell's Oyster House spokesman Clay Omainsky. – AL.com

Stained glass artist started out in audiology

Deborah Strawn’s past profession helped people hear better. Her current one helps them see the light. “I have a master’s degree in audiology from Auburn University, and used to work with the hearing impaired,” Strawn says. “That was my bread and butter – until I discovered glass art.” One of the South’s leading stained-glass experts, the largely self-taught artist started making small pieces in the 1980s after a friend introduced her to the craft. – Alabama News Center

Wintzells shutting down Huntsville location

Wintzell's Oyster House is shuttering its Huntsville store after six years in business. The Mobile seafood chain announced the closure Sunday on Facebook. Wintzell's continues to operate restaurants in Guntersville, Mobile, Saraland, Fairhope, Orange Beach, Greenville, Montgomery and Fultondale. – AL.com

Bentley forming task force on grocery tax review

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will sign an executive order today creating a group focused on reviewing the sales tax related to groceries. The grocery tax task force will take the information they gather and recommend to the governor and the Legislature changes that ensure a fair and equitable tax while encouraging a healthier Alabama. Bentley briefly outlined plans for the task force during his annual State of the State address earlier this month. – Alabama Today

FCC, TDS Telecom work to extend broadband network

TDS Telecom will expand broadband to more than 11,500 locations in Alabama thanks to funding from the Federal Communications Commission.  The FCC allocated an average of $3.8 million a year for the next 10 years to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in Alabama. The funding will also be used to maintain a voice and broadband network. – News release

Poverty, hunger summit planned at Troy University Montgomery

Students from Alabama's colleges and universities will come together on Feb. 24 to examine food and housing insecurity among college students during the third annual Hungry for Justice Student Summit at Troy University Montgomery. The free summit is presented by Troy University's Office of Civic Engagement in conjunction with Alabama Possible, a statewide nonprofit organization that works to reduce systemic poverty in Alabama. – Troy.edu

UPS honors Alabama drivers for accident-free work

UPS on Monday announced that 22 elite drivers from Alabama are among 1,575 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving. – Globe NewsWire

Automotive suppliers try to figure out new Trump rules

Even though they don't know what, if any, trade-rule changes will occur, suppliers that operate on both sides of the Rio Grande are sorting out which parts and processes could move to the United States if the Trump administration imposes high tariffs on imported goods from Mexico. "We're still trying to sort that out," said Lear Corp. CEO Matt Simoncini in a conference call with Wall Street analysts to announce fourth-quarter earnings. – Automotive News

Engineers, not legislators, will solve distracted driving

Distracted driving, responsible for thousands of deaths annually worldwide, might not disappear unless every vehicle on the road is fully autonomous. Simply put, it is very difficult to strictly enforce anti-texting laws or to prevent other types of distracted driving. – Automotive News

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