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Top News Links: Wednesday, May 4

UTC Aerospace bringing 260 new jobs to Foley

UTC Aerospace Systems will be creating an estimated 260 new jobs in Baldwin County and making a significant investment in expanding its Foley facilities, according to an announcement Tuesday by the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance. UTC Aerospace Systems broke ground on the new facility Tuesday at the Foley site. – News release

Bill to split BP money, fix Medicaid dies in Senate

A bill that would allow Alabama to cash in on the BP oil spill settlement and shore up the state Medicaid Agency died in the state Senate on Tuesday after lawmakers disagreed over how to split the settlement money. "Medicaid had better be ready to live on the money it’s been budgeted,” said Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, president pro tempore of the Senate. – Anniston Star

Honda begins Ridgeline production Thursday

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama is calling it a celebration. Some auto industry experts are calling it a second crack at the lucrative American truck market. "It" in this case is the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck. And on Thursday Honda Manufacturing of Alabama will formally kick off its production at their plant in Lincoln. – AL.com

Alabama One lawyers say documents will prove political agenda

Lawyers are seeking court-ordered subpoenas to obtain documents that they said can prove the conservatorship of Alabama One Credit Union was the result of a political agenda. The plaintiffs claim the pressure came directly from Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, his legal adviser David Byrne and Rebekah Caldwell Mason, a top political aide with whom Bentley is alleged to have had an affair. – CUTimes.com

Publix in downtown Birmingham to open Nov. 30

Downtown's first Publix will open Nov. 30 if construction goes as planned. The 30,000-square-foot Publix with a full-service pharmacy will anchor 20 Midtown, $100 million-plus development by RGS Properties' Dick Schmalz and Scott Bryant of Scott M. Bryant & Co. – AL.com

UA Huntsville tops new college listing

SmartAsset recently released its second annual Best Value Colleges study. UA Huntsville leads for Alabama this year, after the list was topped by Auburn in 2015. Top performing schools ranked as a result of their performance in categories including scholarships provided, starting salary, tuition, living costs, and retention rate. – News release

Small Business Grant Contest launched by FedEx

FedEx Corp. has launched its fourth annual Small Business Grant Contest. This year, the contest offers grants to ten small businesses, distributing a collective prize pool of $100,000—the largest sum since the contest’s inception. Among them, one Grand Prize winner of $25,000, one $15,000 winner and eight $7,500 prizes will be awarded. – News release

Only Nevada worse than Alabama for working moms

Women today comprise nearly half of the American workforce, and slightly less than three quarters of them are solo moms with young children. Yet women still earn only $0.79 for every dollar that men make and have far less upward mobility, as evidenced by the fact that only 4 percent of S&P 500 companies’ chief executives are female. Alabama just scored second to last in a WalletHub ranking of what states offer for working moms. – WalletHub

Peoples Bank gets approval for Birmingham expansion

Peoples Bank of Alabama announces final regulatory approval of its planned expansion into Birmingham with the opening of a full-service banking office at 1800 International Park, Suite 190, in June 2016. – BusinessWire

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