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Top News Links: Wednesday, January 17

State’s winter weather under promises, over delivers

Alabama’s winter weather event actually did end up over performing -- in some spots. Snow added up overnight across parts of south-central and south Alabama, where amounts of more than 2 inches were common, according to reports filed to the National Weather Service. – AL.com

Why Toyota-Mazda’s rush to get building in Huntsville

If you build it, will they come? More importantly - if you build them, will they sell? Immediately after Toyota and Mazda announced their $1.6 billion manufacturing plant for Huntsville last week, questions began about whether the joint auto venture would have a large enough labor pool to supply the approximately 4,000 workers needed. – AL.com

National website lauds Birmingham’s innovation culture

The Innovation Depot, like the city it calls home, won’t astound outsiders in a passing glance. The business incubator in downtown Birmingham has ascendant windows, metallic fixtures, translucent-paned offices and an in-house artisanal diner — startup culture without the luxurious accoutrements of a similar venue in Silicon Valley. No, to appreciate what’s happening here, you need a more workmanlike mentality. – Ozy

Judges allowed to skirt gay issues with proposed marriage law

The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would do away with marriage licenses and the requirement for people to go through a wedding ceremony. The bill comes as a few Alabama probate judges refuse to issue marriage licenses to anyone so they do not have to give them to gay couples. – ANN

Estess joins Wilmington Trust's Birmingham public finance team

Wilmington Trust has announced the addition of Will Estess as client development officer to its public finance and agency team in the Birmingham corporate trust office. Estess will be responsible for introducing Wilmington Trust's corporate trust services, which includes trustee, paying agent, and escrow agent, to the Southeast. – AL.com

Ford saying farewell to everyday sedans

Ford Motor Co., the more than century-old company that was first to make cars for the masses, is calling off its pursuit of everyman sedan buyers. The company responsible for putting the world on wheels with Henry Ford’s then-innovative assembly line will pivot away from being a full-line automaker, shrinking its passenger-car lineup and shifting only to low-volume, high-margin models. – Bloomberg 

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