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Top News Links: Wednesday, Feb. 15

Mercedes started in Alabama 20 years ago

The president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Jason Hoff, showed off the first M-Class SUV to roll off the line in Alabama as the plant in Vance marked that vehicle's 20th anniversary. Its license plate reads "JOB 1" and its white body is covered with signatures of the 850 workers who assembled it in February 1997. – U.S. News & World Report

Ever wonder why employees quit? Here’s why

A new study, Why Do Workers Quit?, conducted by Glassdoor Economic Research, finds employees that stagnate in a job too long are more likely to leave their employers rather than move to a new role within the company. The conclusion is drawn from the economic research arm of Glassdoor, a job and recruiting marketplace, which looked at more than 5,000 job transitions from resumes submitted to the site and combined that data with company reviews. – WBRC

Official sides with Georgia over Florida in water wars

A judicial official is siding with Georgia in a decades-long dispute with Florida over water rights, recommending that the U.S. Supreme Court refuse Florida’s request to cap Georgia’s use. The Supreme Court has final say in the case, which could affect millions of people and major industries. The dispute focuses on a watershed in western Georgia, eastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Florida blames Georgia farmers and metro Atlanta for low river flows that are harming fisheries. Georgia argues that Florida didn’t prove its claims. – AP/WTOP

Progress Bank & Trust acquires First Partners Bank

Progress Financial Corporation and First Partners Financial Inc. on Tuesday announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Progress Bank & Trust will acquire First Partners Bank to create the eighth largest bank headquartered in the state of Alabama. – QuadCitiesDaily.com

GameTime in Fort Payne puts the swing in parks

In parks and playgrounds around the world, children slide down and swing on products made in northeast Alabama. That's due to the work of about 350 employees at the GameTime factory in Fort Payne, part of the Chattanooga-based PlayCore Co. GameTime has been in DeKalb County since 1979, making commercial playground equipment designed and sold around the world through distributors and independent representatives. – AL.com

BIS Designs plans Lunch & Learn on digital marketing

BIS Designs, an experienced digital marketing firm on the Gulf Coast, will host a free luncheon for Mobile-based business executives.  This event will educate local business owners on what they can do to boost sales and grow their company using digital marketing. It will be held at Wintzell's Oyster House restaurant, 6700 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, on Thursday, March 23rd from 11:30 am - 1 p.m. – News release

Health coverage uninsured rate hits new low

The nation's uninsured rate tumbled further last year, hitting the lowest rate on record, according to new government data that underscored what is at stake in the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In the first nine months of 2016, just 8.8 percent of Americans lacked health coverage, survey data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. – Tribune News Service/AL.com

Huff Post says Trump should defund us, not California

The State of Alabama – the deep red home of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and a state that the Tax Foundation data suggests has been consistently among the states with the best “deal” – got back $2,836 per person more in direct aid than its residents paid in personal income taxes, resulting in almost $14 billion being pumped into Alabama by Californians, New Yorkers and other blue state taxpayers. – Huffington Post

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