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Top News Links: Wednesday, June 28

Huntsville Utilities treatment plant done ahead of schedule

Nearly a year ahead of schedule, Huntsville Utilities recently completed its new Southeast Water Treatment Plant along Guntersville Lake in Grant, Alabama. Located across more than 250-acres, the treatment plant allows for a 96 million gallon-per-day total build-out capacity. Griffin Electric wired all electrical, standby power, security, instrumentation, and control facilities on site.  – News release

Alabama export officials await Cuba’s response to Trump

Agriculture officials and industry leaders in Alabama for years have lobbied for expanded exports to communist Cuba, a country they see as a promising market for this state's poultry products. Now they're waiting to see what President Donald Trump's recent, more restrictive policy change with Cuba will mean for the millions of tons of poultry that leave Mobile for the island nation every month. Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan last week said exports to Cuba could be impacted by that country's response to the president's directive. – AL.com

Dueling studies reach opposite conclusions on minimum wage hikes

Angela Dunleavy was once a busser and sommelier assistant at Ray's Boathouse, a popular waterfront restaurant in Seattle. She met her husband, Ethan Stowell, in her next job; as a rep for a wine wholesaler, she called on one of his very first restaurants. Today she's CEO of their thriving enterprise, ESR (Ethan Stowell Restaurants), which has 14 locations around Seattle and a payroll of 300 employees. She told the New York Times "it was too early to judge the effect of the minimum-wage law [$15 an hour for companies the size of ESR, which was passed by the Seattle City Council in 2014] because it was still being phased in." – Forbes

Auburn part of $5M study on keeping healthy water

Auburn is one of four universities in the southeast taking part in a $5 million research project addressing regional water security. The study, which also involves the University of Florida Water Institute, the University of Georgia and Albany State University, will help ensure water for agricultural production while maintaining healthy rivers and springs, according to a news release. – AL.com

Alabama Gulf Seafood Summit spreads the good word

Chefs and fishermen from across the state came together to reel in new ideas about seafood. The Alabama Gulf Seafood Summit brought together all facets of the state’s seafood industry for a two-day event in Orange Beach.  The event helps networking for those within the industry to make connections to help foster growth. – APR

Shelby, Strange called out in health care protest in Mobile

Obamacare supporters gathered in front of Mobile’s federal courthouse Monday, with about 100 people protesting Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Monday afternoon’s rally – organized by Mobile attorney Henry Brewster – was part of a statewide effort to get Alabama Sens. Richard Shelby and Luther Strange to “agree to meet face to face with their constituents regarding the health care bill working its way through Congress.” – Alabama Today

Fireworks sales ramping up as Fourth of July nears

JR's Fireworks has been attracting customers from near and far for more than 30 years. "I've had some people last week from California," Owner JR Poppell said. "They caught a plane out here and wanted to buy some fireworks because they can't get them in California. I've had people from all over the United States come in here." With the Fourth of July coming up, Poppell said business has been steady. – WTVY

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