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Top News Links: Friday, May 13

Report highlights tantalizing trade possibilities in Cuba

''Engage Cuba,'' the main coalition of companies and organizations working to end the blockade of trips to and trade with the island, has highlighted the benefits of agricultural trade between both countries. A report published on its website mentions the advantages that this kind of trade would bring to six U.S. states: Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri and North Dakota. – Prensa Latina

Will Gulf ports see a Panama Canal boost?

The Panama Canal’s expansion is nearly here. “Every port is trying to get a slice of the pie,” PNC Economist Mekael Teshome says. “Ten percent of traffic that currently goes through the West Coast will be diverted to the East Coast ports. This should translate into millions of dollars for the shipping industry.” – PNC.com

Report says poultry workers denied bathroom breaks

A new report from Oxfam America claims workers in the chicken industry are sometimes forced to wear diapers because they are denied bathroom breaks. The "No Relief" study, based on research and dozens of interviews from 2013-16, said poultry employees are frequently denied opportunities to go to the bathroom while on the line. – AL.com

Children’s of Alabama ups its baby monitoring game

Children's of Alabama, one of the largest pediatric health care facilities in the United States, is equipping caregivers and parents of infants born with heart defects with a completely managed remote care and monitoring kit from Vivify Health, extending the reach of the hospital into the infant's home. – VirtualStategy.com

Wallace State, Bioprist to partner on education

Dr. Vicki Hawsey Karolewics, President of Wallace State Community College, and Dr. Guna S. Muppuri, President and CEO of Bioprist and Indies Pharma Group, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore opportunities for partnerships in education and training over the next several months. – News release

Future USS Manchester launched at Austal

Austal USA launched the future USS Manchester – an advanced, high-speed aluminum warship – at its Alabama shipyard Thursday, documenting the milestone with a series of images on social media. – Made In Alabama

Alabama One names Wells its new CEO

After the former president/CEO was dismissed last August following a state-ordered conservatorship of the $589 million Alabama One Credit Union, the Tuscaloosa  cooperative announced Wednesday that William (Bill) C. Wells II was named its new president/CEO. – Credit Union Times

Newest tax amnesty detailed revealed by ADOR

The Alabama Department of Revenue has announced the conditions, requirements and limitations of its tax delinquency amnesty program for 2016 (the Amnesty Program), pursuant to the Alabama Tax Delinquency Amnesty Act of 2016 (Act 2015-555) (the Act). The Act provided for a tax amnesty program for at least two months during 2016, occurring before August 31. – JDSupra.com

Revolt against high heels has begun across the pond

London receptionist Nicola Thorp, 27, says she was told to wear shoes with a "2in to 4in heel" when she arrived at finance company PwC in December. When she refused and was sent home she set up a petition calling for the law on dress code to be changed. Outsourcing firm Portico said "with immediate effect all our female colleagues can wear plain flat shoes." – BBC 

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