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Top News Links: Monday, March 7

Campaign rhetoric often covers up the facts

We hear epithets such as: “We don’t make things anymore ... We keep sending our jobs overseas ... China and Mexico are killing us on trade deals ... The Chinese manipulate their currencies.” Each one of these assertions, aimed at riling up the voting public, is absolutely false. With the help of in Mercedes in Alabama and other companies, U.S. auto exports set a record last year. – Miami Herald

GATR wins Governor’s Trade Excellence Award

Huntsville-based GATR Technologies has won the 2016 Governor’s Trade Excellence Award, which recognizes small to large businesses in manufacturing, service and agribusiness sectors for their accomplishments in exporting Alabama-made products. GATR, which was recently acquired by Cubic Corporation, produces a line of portable, inflatable satellite antennas. – WAAY

Shape Corp. breaks ground on new Athens facility

Shape Corp. broke ground Friday morning on a new injection molding and roll forming operation in Athens at the 34-acre site at Breeding Industrial Park on 120 Roy Long Road West. The $24 million facility will employ 170 workers over two phases of the project. – AL.com

Tax credits for historic renovation may be ending

An economic incentive that supporters view as responsible for pumping millions of dollars of reinvestment into aging downtown properties in Birmingham and Mobile faces a murky future. Legislation designed to keep the state's historic tax credit program going another seven years, to 2022, is embroiled in political maneuvering that supporters fear may kill it. – AL.com

Trump reveals Obamacare replacement strategy

“Repeal and replace with something terrific.” That was Donald Trump’s promise for how he’d deal with Obamacare shortly after he announced his candidacy in June. Trump has finally revealed just what he meant by “terrific.” Last week, he released a seven-point plan outlining his alternative to Obamacare. Trump calls it “Healthcare Reform to Make America Great Again.” – Forbes

State leaders note passing of former first lady

Alabama GOP leaders are expressing their thoughts and condolences at the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who died at her home in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure at age 94. – WHNT

Alabama soldier’s uniform design wins honors

An Alabaster soldier walked away from a Shark Tank-style competition a winner -- and with funding that could transform her small business. Leah Olszewski started FEMTAC in 2013 to fill a gap in women's tactical apparel. A lot of clothing designed for the practical aspects of work in the field is ill-fitting, which not only has functionality impacts but also makes it harder for female agents to hide the fact that they're agents, she said. – AL.com

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