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Top News Links: Wednesday, January 10

Signature victory: Alabama wins $1.6B Toyota-Mazda plant

Toyota and Mazda have reportedly picked Alabama as the location of their new $1.6 billion, 4,000-job assembly plant, capping a national race to score the biggest economic development prize in years for the auto industry. The Japanese automakers are set to announce the decision today in Montgomery. The move suggests that Toyota and Mazda may be poised to capitalize on a sharp increase in state tax incentives recently signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey. – USA Today

Logistics was the winning card in state’s hand

Alabama should be celebrating a championship of a different kind today, as the state is expected to announce the addition of a fourth vehicle manufacturing plant to an already growing automotive sector. News that Toyota and Mazda will locate their coveted $1.6 billion factory in Huntsville at a Limestone County megasite was the end of a six-month process where the two corporations sifted through the resumes of 11 states for the right fit. – AL.com

Firearms maker Kimber Manufacturing to open $38M facility

U.S. firearms maker Kimber Manufacturing will open a $38 million production facility in Troy, creating 366 jobs over the next five years. Gov. Kay Ivey announced the move today during her State of the State address. The factory will make Kimber's sixth U.S. location. The Yonkers, N.Y.-based company said it will build a large, automated design, engineering and manufacturing facility in Troy to open by early 2019. – AL.com

Ivey: ‘We have lifted the dark cloud’

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey in her first State of the State address said the state has lifted a cloud of controversy that enveloped Alabama government for much of the last two years. Ivey addressed lawmakers on the opening day of the 2018 legislative session almost exactly nine months after she was elevated to the governor's office in April by the sudden resignation of then-Gov. Robert Bentley. – AL.com

Prisons, insurance for children on legislative docket

Alabama lawmakers have begun the 2018 legislative session. Lawmakers convened at noon Tuesday at the Alabama Statehouse to begin a legislative session that also coincides with an election year. The session will be dominated by two major budgetary issues: prisons and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Alabama is facing a court order to improve mental health care in prisons. – AP/NewsTribune

Federal lawsuit filed against Intel over security defect

Lawyers from Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., have filed a federal lawsuit against Intel Corporation after the company admitted a defect in its central processing units (CPU) used in personal computers leaves users’ sensitive, private and secure information vulnerable to hackers. – News release

State puts unemployment comp tax forms online

Alabamians who received unemployment compensation benefits in 2017 can now view and download their form 1099-G online at www.labor.alabama.gov. The Form 1099-G details how much unemployment compensation claimants received during the calendar year as well as information about taxes withheld from unemployment benefits. This information must be reported each year. The forms are also available for years 2010-2016.

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