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Top News Links: Friday, March 3

Regions unveils new branch concept in Birmingham

Regions Bank has been rolling out its latest banking concept in other markets but perhaps none of the conversions are more substantial than at its flagship corporate headquarters branch in downtown Birmingham’s Regions Harbert Plaza. The bank unveiled its new branch to its employees on Thursday. – Alabama News Center

Inventure believes companies can monetize waste

In a non-descript 40,000-square-foot building not far from the popular Tuscaloosa restaurant Waysider, a group of chemists and engineers are finding uses for the world's industrial food-related waste. Inventure is making industry around the world rethink what they're throwing away, and in the process finding ways to monetize it. – AL.com

Alabama compares well in map of affordable housing

If you are among the 11-plus million American households classified as extremely low income, finding a place to live is a tall order, anywhere in the country. Alabama has 61 homes for every 100 households in extreme poverty. That’s according to a new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, which calculates the deficit in housing that families earning at or below either the poverty line or 30 percent of the area median income can live in comfortably. – City Lab

New law would put ride-sharing apps under state

One Alabama lawmaker is looking to create a statewide law for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. House Bill 283 is sponsored by State Rep. David Faulkner, R-Jefferson County, and it looks to create a series of regulations for these rapidly-expanding services. It will also prevent municipalities like Huntsville from imposing taxes or business licenses on the companies. – WAAY

Polaris recalls off-road vehicles due to burn hazards

Polaris is recalling several recreational off-road vehicle models because they pose burn and fire hazards to users. The recall includes 2016-17 RZR 900, 1000, Turbo and GENERAL 1000 models, which were sold in various colors and produced in Mexico and the U.S. – AL.com

Boeing workers in South Carolina say no to unions

Boeing did an impressive job in the lead up to its machinists voting overwhelmingly against the formation of a union in South Carolina, according to one labor lawyer.  The vote rejecting the union was not a surprise, given South Carolina’s historic low union rate and that only a minority of workers signed on to file the petition to allow the ballot to move ahead, said Michael Carrouth, an attorney with Columbus-based Fisher Phillips. – Palmetto Business Daily

Alabama leadership stands behind Sessions

‚ÄčAlabama’s senior U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby on Thursday offered public support to his former colleague turned Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, following reports the former Alabama senator intentionally misled his colleagues during his confirmation hearings about meeting with the Russian ambassador. – Alabama Today

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