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Top News Links: Tuesday, March 7

Exxon to spent $20B over 10 years on Gulf Coast projects

Exxon Mobil Corp. says it plans to spend $20 billion over 10 years on refineries, chemical and liquefied natural gas plants along the Gulf Coast. Chairman and CEO Darren Woods said Monday that the company would expand current plants and build new ones, mostly designed to create petroleum products for export. – AL.com

Alabama catfish sales grow to $120M

Catfish farmers in Alabama saw their annual sales increase to $120 million in 2016, marking the third consecutive year of growth in that industry. According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it was state's farmers' best year since sales reached $132 million in 2011. It also represents a 20 percent improvement over sales in 2013, when sales barely broke $100 million. – Tuscaloosa News/USNWR

Alabama poultry industry monitors bird flu across state line

Officials in Alabama are closely monitoring poultry operations here after thousands of chickens in Lincoln County, Tennessee, were destroyed after avian influenza was found in a commercial breeder flock. Most of Lincoln County borders Madison County, Alabama, though the county's western edge borders the eastern-most part of Limestone County. Tennessee's Department of Agriculture is not identifying the farm where the chickens were destroyed. – EnewsCourier.com

State auditor sues Bentley over Strange appointment

Alabama's state auditor has filed suit against Gov. Robert Bentley over his appointment of Luther Strange to the Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with Zeigler claiming there was a "corrupt bargain" between the two. State Auditor Jim Zeigler filed the suit in Montgomery County, claiming Bentley is wrong to wait until 2018 to hold an election for the position. The suit said state law requires an earlier special election. – AP/USNWR

CAE celebrates opening of Dothan training center

CAE USA on Monday marked the grand opening of its new Dothan training center located at the Dothan Regional Airport. The company also announced that the first class of U.S. Army aviators officially started training at the CAE Dothan Training Center in mid-February, including the first class ever for the Initial Entry Fixed-Wing training track created by CAE and the U.S. Army. – News release

Owen Bailey named CEO of USA Health

Owen Bailey, a veteran health care leader who has served as chief operating officer of USA Health since March 2016, has been named chief executive officer and senior associate vice president for medical affairs of the health care system. – News release

BMW chief says investment costs may spur consolidation

BMW CEO Harald Krueger said the big investments needed for next-generation drivetrains and digital business models were likely to spur further consolidation in the wake of PSA Group's purchase of Opel from General Motors. "The investments that are needed and whether every company has the resources ... remains to be seen," Krueger told journalists at the Geneva motor show. – Automotive News

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