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Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 27

Polaris sets off down 2016’s bumpy road

Polaris is about to ramp up production at its new Huntsville plant at a time of uncertainty for the ATV and snowmobile manufacturer. The Minnesota-based company failed to meet 2015 fourth quarter projections while announcing a 18 percent decrease in profits during that period of time. Polaris expects 2016 sales to be down 2-3 percent compared to 2015. – WAAY

Judge says Hubbard trial to move forward

A judge said Tuesday that he won't delay the ethics trial of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, at least not for now. Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker said at the end of a Tuesday court hearing that he planned to deny a defense motion to postpone the trial until fall. However, Walker noted that the case could still be delayed for other reasons such as lawyers appealing his pretrial decisions in the high-profile case. – AP/Baytown Sun

DreamVision investment firm CEO in hot water

The Alabama Securities Commission has ordered the CEO of the investment firm backing the proposed DreamVision amusement parks to stop selling real estate investments. The complaint relates to another company run by Provident Global Capital CEO Bryan Robinson called Robinson Capital Investments LLC. – WHNT

State’s plan for hotel built with BP money challenged

The process for awarding $58 million of BP oil spill fines for a beachfront hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park was flawed and failed to consider alternative projects, an attorney with an environmental advocacy group argued before a federal judge in Mobile Tuesday. – AL.com

State lawmaker to introduce “ban the box’ bill

A proposed bill would forbid questions about criminal histories on job applications while allowing employers to make those inquiries later in the hiring process. Senate Minority Leader Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, told the Alabama Prison Reform Task Force Tuesday his proposal would be “identical” to legislation filed in the 2015 regular session. The legislation died in committee. – Montgomery AdvertiserDescription: http://www.al.com/static/common/img/blank.gif

Poarch Creeks donate $1 million to Huntsville

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians today donated $1 million to relieve traffic problems at busy Gate 9 at Redstone Arsenal in HuntsvilleThe donation was presented in downtown Huntsville where Federal Building Authority and other leaders gathered for a press conference. – AL.com

School choice rally told much work still to be done

While Tuesday’s rally for school choice on the south lawn of the Capitol grounds largely celebrated recent strides the Alabama education system has made for better options for students, attendees also acknowledged there is much work to do. “It’s a never-ending battle,” said Sen. Del Marsh, who spearheaded legislation last year that created the establishment of charter schools in the state. – Watchdog.org

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