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Top News Links: Tuesday, January 9

Toyota-Mazda plant would set off new wave of investments

If Alabama gets the nod in the $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda sweepstakes, it could be just the beginning for the state in terms of its automotive future. Alabama reportedly made the cut from as many as 11 states that were on the short list. North Carolina is the sole other contender. The two auto giants plan to announce the site early this year, according to published reports. – AL.com

Doster Construction begins hospital renovation project

Doster Construction Company was recently awarded a hospital expansion project in Reidsville, GA. The physician-owned critical access hospital, Optim Medical Center – Tatnall, will undergo a 7,000 square foot renovation and expansion to add additional hospital and rehabilitation rooms. This project will start immediately and is expected to wrap up in summer of 2018. – News release

Samford University Announces New Academic Chairs

Two academic chairs were approved by the Samford University Board of Trustees for the Cumberland School of Law recently: the Albert P. Brewer Chair of Ethics and Professionalism and the Stephen Everett Wells Chair in Municipal Law. Law professor William G. Ross was appointed to the Albert P. Brewer Chair, and law professor Michael E. DeBow was appointed to the Stephen Everett Wells Chair. – News release

Saks Building sells in Birmingham after just six months

The Saks Building in downtown Birmingham has sold after being on the market for six months. The sale price of the building located at 1904 1st Ave. North wasn't disclosed. The building was listed at the end of June for $4.2 million. – AL.com

Sheriffs sued over whether jail food money became income

Two advocacy groups say they have sued Alabama sheriffs seeking records about whether they profited from jailhouse food programs. The Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice announced the lawsuit Monday against 49 sheriffs they said did not comply with a public records request seeking information about the food programs. – AP/WP

Former Russell Corp. president Dwight Carlisle dies

A self-made man who served as president of the Russell Corp., Alabama Revenue Commissioner and a member of the Auburn University Board of Trustees has died. Dwight L. Carlisle passed away Saturday at the age of 82, leaving a legacy of leadership, love for his family, Auburn University and the community he called home. – Alex City Outlook

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