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Top News Links: Monday, March 20

FBI considers adding up to 4,000 jobs in state

The FBI is looking to bring more than 4,000 jobs to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Mayor Tommy Battle said Friday. The jobs are not a "guarantee" at this point, Battle said, but he said he was "cautiously optimistic." The high-paying jobs would further power Huntsville's prospering economic engine, yielding an economic impact of about $40 million annually, Battle said. – AL.com

Officials continue aggressive testing for bird flu

At least one sample suspected of avian influenza in an Alabama county has tested positive for the less severe strain, according to the Alabama Department of Agriculture. A sample collected last week from a guinea fowl at the TaCo-Bet Trade Day flea market in Scottsboro tested positive for low pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza, officials said. – AL.com

Businesses on Dauphin Island enjoying spring break

Businesses on Alabama's Dauphin Island are seeing an uptick in business as spring break vacationers continue visiting the island after an unusually busy winter season. Dauphin Island said in a statement that its spring break season began in early March and continues the week of March 27, with the closure of Baldwin County public schools and Coastal Alabama Community College. – AP/USNWR

Trump takes aim at nonprofit that benefits South

The Appalachian Regional Commission is a 52-year-old federal agency that seeks to create jobs in 420 counties across all or parts of 13 states. In Alabama, the commission awarded $5 million last year to projects in 37 rural counties for jobs, technology upgrades and school programs and materials. It’s also targeted for elimination by President Donald Trump. – AP/Citizen-Times

Buying a car can now be like buying a pizza

On March 15, Carvana, an e-commerce platform for used cars, opened its latest vehicle vending machine in San Antonio, which is exactly what it sounds like. The four-year-old startup already has similar contraptions in Austin, Houston and Nashville. Standing eight stories tall, the site is essentially a small garage with room for 30 cars. If that’s too dramatic, they also deliver. – Alabama News Center

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