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Top News Links: Thursday, March 9

Eight companies honored for success in exporting

Eight companies from across Alabama were honored Wednesday with 2017 Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards for their achievements in exporting goods and services around the world. The honorees represent a diverse mix of the state’s business community, including major global manufacturers, small independent businesses and service providers that are critical to other companies’ success in overseas markets. – Made In Alabama

NASA getting mixed signals on new missions

With a House of Representatives vote this week, Congress has now told NASA what it wants the space agency to do in future. But it's still a mystery what President Trump wants and how much money the space agency will get to do the job. Did Tuesday night's House vote approving the NASA Authorization Act of 2017 really clarify anything, then? It sets policy for NASA and recommends $19.5 billion in funding for fiscal year 2018. – AL.com

Lawmakers restart slow-moving impeachment process

Alabama lawmakers are telling a lawyer to resume a long-paused impeachment investigation of Gov. Robert Bentley. The House Judiciary Committee unanimously made the move Wednesday. A committee resolution directs special counsel Jack Sharman to proceed with his activities and investigation so the committee can be ready "to move forward with public hearings when appropriate." – ABC3340

Renasant announces new operations in Mobile

Renasant Corporation has announced its entry into Mobile as well as the hiring of Mark Fillers as Renasant's South Alabama President, and multiple staffing hires for the bank. Renasant's new office is located at 165 West I-65 Service Road N., in Mobile. In addition, the location will house two mortgage lenders and three mortgage support team members along with banking and lending personnel. – News release

Huntsville event to educate on doing business with government

A "Getting Back 2 Business" 2017 Small Business Outreach Event will be held March 21 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, sponsored the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HHS will partner alongside other federal agencies to conduct a one-day event that invites small business owners to learn about procurement opportunities within HHS. – News release

Lyft one step closer to operations in Montgomery

Last year ride sharing company Uber set up shop in Montgomery. Now, Uber could be getting some competition. The Montgomery City Council voted Tuesday night to approve the transportation network company permit for ride sharing company Lyft. – Alabama News Net

Hyundai freshens Sonata for better competition

Hyundai Motor Co. is counting on the redesigned Sonata to reverse a fall in sales of a model struggling to stand out in a shrinking midsize sedan segment. The new Sonata will take on Toyota Motor Corp.'s remodeled Camry in the United States, where cars have been losing favor to SUVs and crossovers amid relatively low fuel prices. – Automotive News

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