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Top News Links: Wednesday, May 10

Wallet Hub rates Alabama as worst state for working moms

A recent WalletHub poll ranked Alabama as the worst state for working moms. Many mothers in the Shoals on Tuesday said they agreed. They said moms must find a balance between work and family time in the Tennessee Valley. Wallethub compared states based on things like child care, professional opportunities and work-life balance. It put Alabama 48th for the highest gender pay gap and 48th for the lowest female executive-to-male executive ratio. – WAFF

Prison plan faces tight window in Legislature

Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday began a final push to try to approve a prison construction bill in the waning days of the legislative session. The House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on a revamped proposal aimed at building four new prisons to relieve overcrowding. The plan was harshly criticized by opponents who argued that a shortage of staff — not space — is the system's more pressing problem. Five meeting days remain in the session. – AP/Island Packet

Parents lining up to acquire a Baby Box

Some Alabama families report long wait times to get a product designed to help their babies sleep in a safe environment. In March, the state of Alabama joined The Baby Box Company on a statewide initiative to provide boxes and carefully-chosen supplies for families expecting to welcome a baby into the family. The durable cardboard box and foam mattress pad gives a baby a place to sleep, and the program pairs education with receipt of the boxes. – WHNT

Evaluating coal’s comeback chances in Alabama

There were a number of audiences being targeted during the race for the presidency. One that hits home here in Alabama was coal workers. That energy source was once Alabama’s lifeblood. However, new regulations and new energy sources are changing the story and promises from the White House may not do much to breathe new life into what looks like a struggling industry. – NPR

Biotech firm Blondin to collaborate on cancer project in Finland

A key executive for Blondin Bioscience LLC is a collaborator on a prestigious grant awarded by the Academy of Finland that will aid in the study of breast cancer therapies. Dr. Katri Selander, founder and chief scientific officer of the Birmingham-based biotech startup, is a collaborator on the three-year, $474,000 grant awarded to Dr. Johanna Tuomela, who is with the University of Turku, one of the largest universities in Finland. – Made In Alabama

Birmingham business owner running for Senate seat

Dom Gentile, 51, a Birmingham business owner who has never held political office, today announced his intent to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. Gentile said he would kick off his campaign by traveling the state and talking to business owners, first responders, veterans, active military and citizens. – WPMI

Jefferson County commissioner running for governor

Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington is running for governor of Alabama. The Republican announced his candidacy at a Monday press conference. A campaign press release says Carrington wants to improve the state's struggling public schools and boost earnings for middle income families. – AP/USN&WR

Worker becomes unresponsive, dies at Hyundai plant

Grief counselors are on site at Hyundai's Montgomery plant today after a temporary worker died after becoming unresponsive at work on Monday. Plant spokesman Robert Burns said the incident happened at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday. Charles Turner, a temporary worker for contractor Aerotek, became unconscious and unresponsive while working at HMMA's General Assembly building. – AL.com

Daimler AG drops bid to sell U.S. 2017 diesel models

German automaker Daimler AG said on Tuesday it had dropped plans to seek U.S. approval to sell 2017 Mercedes-Benz U.S. diesel models, but had not decided whether to exit the American passenger diesel market. There has been growing scrutiny of diesel vehicles in the United States since Volkswagen AG admitted in September 2015 to installing secret software on 580,000 U.S. vehicles that allowed them to emit up to 40 times legally allowable emissions. – Reuters

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