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Top News Links: Tuesday, June 13

Want to see growth? Try fruits and veggies

Auburn University and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station economists have concluded fruits and vegetables are good for both the human body and the economy. “Specialty crops is definitely a potential growth area for Alabama,” said Deacue Fields, chair of the College of Agriculture’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. The latest analysis showed that the fruit, vegetable, and tree nut industry has a significant impact on Alabama’s economy, with a total output of $161.5 million, value-added production of $103.6 million, the creation of 1,121 jobs and indirect business taxes of $2 million. – WVTM/Fresh Plaza

Michigan company acquires Red Diamond Foodservice

Gordon Food Service Inc. of Grand Rapids, Michigan has signed an agreement to acquire Birmingham-based Red Diamond Foodservice, according to a statement. Following the transaction, Gordon Food Service plans to use its Douglasville, Ga.-based distribution center to service Red Diamond’s customers. The company is a division of the family-owned Red Diamond Inc., a business unit it will continue to operate. – MiBiz

Trump closing Obama’s more open door to Cuba

President Trump is preparing to announce changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba, possibly tightening restrictions on travel and trade that were loosened under former President Barack Obama. Trump is expected to announce the changes in Miami on Friday. The move was confirmed by a congressional source with direct knowledge of the situation. – APR

Motion Industries moves into new Dallas digs 

Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts, has moved into its newly built distribution center at 200 W. Trinity Boulevard, Grand Prairie, Texas – in the center of the DFW Metroplex. The new facility is less than a half mile off of a major highway, close to LTL carriers, and close to both of the area's major airports. – News release

Prominent attorney running for state attorney general

Former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin, who is best known for overseeing corruption investigations that put a string of prominent politicians and public officials behind bars, announced that she is running for Alabama attorney general. Martin confirmed to The Associated Press that she is seeking the Republican nomination for attorney general. Martin will challenge Republican Attorney General Steve Marshall, who was appointed this spring by then-Gov. Robert Bentley. – AP/Daily Journal

Town wins block grant for bottling plant

Autaugaville has won a $166,500 state grant to help the town turn the tap on for a new water bottling plant, resulting in 25 new jobs for the community. The Community Development Block Grant will provide infrastructure required for MRaine Industries to bottle water from a natural artesian well, one of several located throughout Autaugaville. A previous water bottling company also operated in the community. – ANN

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