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Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 25

NASA ‘assessing’ Trump order to freeze hiring

NASA said Tuesday, "like all federal agencies," it is "assessing" President Trump's order for a federal hiring freeze and can't say yet how it will affect space agency hiring. The president ordered a freeze Monday "on the hiring of Federal civilian employees to be applied across the board in the executive branch." – AL.com

Trump cites ‘out of control’ environmental regs to OEMs

President Trump told the chief executives of the country’s largest automobile manufacturers Tuesday that environmental regulations are “out of control” and pledged to make it easier for the companies to open assembly plants in the United States. Trump said that a “very big push” is under way to expand all manufacturing in the United States in an effort to create more of the long-term manufacturing jobs that he promised on the campaign trail. – Washington Post

Motorcycles good enough for Springsteen, Brad Pitt

Birmingham’s Confederate Motorcycles is renowned for the mind-bending mechanistic design of its two-wheeled masterpieces like the Hellcat and the P51 Combat Fighter. So when an example like this 2008 Confederate Wraith B210 becomes available at auction, it is a noteworthy opportunity to invest in handcrafted art work. – Maxim

Mayor says GulfQuest still in transition

Following the announcement on Monday that Mobile's dormant GulfQuest Maritime Museum will reopen in February, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson clarified Tuesday that it'll still be in a transitional situation. "I think this is a new beginning, a new start," said Stimpson, who took questions about the issue before Tuesday's Mobile City Council meeting. – AL.com

Polaris Q4 earnings beat Wall Street expectations

Polaris Industries Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $62.6 million. The Minnesota-based company said it had net income of 97 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1.18 per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.15 per share. – Yahoo

Discounts drive Hyundai profits to 5-year low

Hyundai Motor reported its lowest quarterly profit in about five years on Wednesday, hit by heavy discounts to sell its smaller sedans that are losing ground in South Korea and the U.S. The automaker's net profit fell 39 percent to 1 trillion won ($858.07 million). – Automotive News

Shrimp Basket chain has new CEO

Shrimp Basket Restaurants announced it has named Scott Barnett as its new chief executive officer. Barnett will become only the second CEO at Shrimp Basket, succeeding Eddie Spence who founded the company in 1993. Spence will continue to serve on the board. – Yahoo Finance

UNA, NASA to explore a new partnership

The University of North Alabama and NASA have agreed to a partnership. UNA will host a NASA day Feb. 7 on campus. Information about the program will be provided, and NASA officials will be on hand to speak with various classes across campus.  The day will culminate with the official signing of the agreement. – News release

TRAC Intermodal converts to radial platform in Mobile

TRAC Intermodal is converting marine chassis in its fleet from bias ply to radial tires in a move to be completed by the end of March. “Our radial conversion program in Mobile provides our customers with high quality equipment to best fit their needs and fulfills the frequent long hauls and demanding operating conditions in this region,” says TRAC Intermodal CEO Keith Lovetro. – News release 

Celebrating 60 years of legendary logistics

Not many trucking companies can lay claim to 60 years in business. But, if you’re Boyd Brothers, a Daseke logistics company based in Birmingham, that landmark is just a springboard of what’s to come. “It’s wonderful to look back and see what we’ve accomplished over the past 60 years,” said Boyd’s CEO, Gail Cooper, whose father, Dempsey, started the flatbed/specialized trucking company with his brothers in 1956. – BusinessWire 

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