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Top News Links: Tuesday, Jan. 10

Sessions grilling begins today before Congress

The first major test of President-elect Donald Trump‘s administration comes on Tuesday, as Sen. Jeff Sessions faces a grilling from his colleagues in his confirmation hearing to become attorney general. Sessions’ hearing, which continues into Wednesday, is expected to be one of the most contentious of any of Trump’s nominees. – CNN/Fox61

State’s automakers suit up for Super Bowl

Mercedes-Benz, which has been an intermittent Super Bowl advertiser in recent years, is jumping back into the game. Mercedes-Benz's lead agency, Merkley and Partners, will be involved in making the ad along with other unnamed partners. The luxury brand is the fifth automaker to confirm ad buys in Super Bowl LI, following Kia, Honda, Audi and Lexus. – Automotive News

Washington Post weighs in on Saban haters

“America needed this,” read one tweet. “America needed Nick Saban to suffer tonight.” The tweet came on the heels of Clemson University’s stunning victory over the University of Alabama in Monday’s College Football Playoff national championship game. When you Google “Why do people hate Nick Saban?” the search engine returns almost 3 million results. – Washington Post

Redesigned Honda Odyssey unveiled in Detroit

Honda today introduced the world to the latest version of its Odyssey minivan, a top-selling model that is produced at the company’s Alabama factory. The redesigned 2018 Odyssey, unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, raises the stakes for family-friendly packaging, performance and technology in the minivan segment, said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co. – Made In Alabama

CVS dropped from Blue Cross preferred pharmacy network

CVS is no longer part of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama's preferred pharmacy network. Hundreds of thousands of Blue Cross and Blue Shield customers in Alabama who use CVS Pharmacy must find another place to fill prescriptions or face paying higher costs for their medications. – AL.com

Polaris dropping Victory cycles to focus on Indian

Polaris Industries will stop making its Victory motorcycles so it can focus on its Indian Motorcycle brand and other products. Polaris announced Monday that it is shutting down the unprofitable Victory brand after 18 years. The motorcycles were produced at the Minneapolis-based company’s Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Spearfish, South Dakota, plants. The company decided that its Indian Motorcycle brand has better growth prospects, Polaris CEO Scott Wine said. – AP/Seattle Times

Steinway & Sons opens dealership on Eastern Shore

Steinway & Sons announces the opening of a new locally owned, factory-authorized dealership and gallery near Mobile. Steinway Piano Gallery Spanish Fort will serve southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle with sales and service of the entire line of Steinway pianos. – News release

New agent-based drayage provider opens in Mobile

Middle Bay Transportation LLC, a new agent-based intermodal drayage provider, began operations Monday. Headquartered in Mobile, the firm is launching operations with locations in Memphis, TN and Norfolk, VA with an eye toward expansion into additional markets. – News release

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