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Top News Links: Tuesday, January 16

$1.7 million verdict upheld in Dollar General slip-and-fall case

The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a $1.7 million verdict for a customer injured by a fall in a Mobile County Dollar General store. The case goes back to July 9, 2012, when 60-year-old Deborah Revette slipped and fell at Dollar General's store No. 7853. She filed suit later that month and the case subsequently dragged on for four years in Mobile County Circuit Court under Judge Michael A. Youngpeter. Revette was represented by the Cunningham Bounds firm. – AL.com

Volkert’s Perry Hand Names Jerry Stump New CEO

Volkert Inc. has announced that current CEO and Chairman of the Board Perry Hand is stepping down as CEO and appointing President and COO Jerry Stump as his successor. Hand has led the nearly-century-old infrastructure engineering firm for seven years and has worked at the firm in leadership capacities since 1993. He remains as Chairman of the Board supporting the CEO. – News release

Plan on things getting horrifically cold later today

It’s a weather alert day for Alabama tonight and into Wednesday morning. A dual-prong threat of snow and frigid temperatures is knocking on our door. Snow is possible as early as 2 to 4 p.m. in far west Alabama. For the rest of us, the best snow chance comes from roughly 6 p.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday. – WSFA

Republicans reveal more on proposed tax cut

Alabama Senate Republicans, in their legislative agenda, have proposed a modest tax cut that would allow more taxpayers to take the maximum standard deduction on their state income taxes. "It really affects working-class Alabamians. The high-income folks don't get anything on this one. It's working class and those who are perhaps lower income," said Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh. – WIAT

New Mardi Gras flag arises for Mother of Mystics

After months of meetings, conversations and focus-group testing with members of parading organizations, marching clubs, mystic societies and civic and municipal leaders, a new Mardi Gras flag and logo have been designed and finalized, according to a news release from Stephen McNair, founder of Michael Kraft LLC. – AL.com

Innovation comes in many forms, Jan. 22 speaker can testify

Dr. Lonnie Johnson, Mobile native and inventor of the Super Soaker, will discuss his story of innovation from Mobile to NASA at 12:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22 at the Alabama School of Math and Science. Mayor Sandy Stimpson will kick off the event, where more than 250 students will hear Dr. Johnson’s story. – BusinessWire 

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