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Top News Links: Monday, Nov. 21

Tech worker visas face uncertain future

The main U.S. visa program for technology workers could face renewed scrutiny under President-elect Donald Trump and his proposed Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions, a long-time critic of the skilled-worker program. H-1B visas admit 65,000 workers and another 20,000 graduate student workers each year. – CNBC

White-Spunner Construction celebrates 35 years

White-Spunner Construction, founded amid uncertain prospects in the recession of the early '80s, has grown into one of the biggest such firms in Alabama, one that has a national presence, overseeing construction projects all over the country. Based in Mobile, it has a yearly average of more than $70 million in projects during the past five years. – AL.com

Those overtime wage changes are about to kick in

Earlier this year, the Department of Labor issued final rules that made changes to the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act effective Dec. 1. The DOL estimates more than 4 million workers who were formerly exempt from overtime will now be legally entitled to overtime pay (at a rate of 1.5 times the regular rate) if they work more than 40 hours in a work week. – News release

This week is a good time to not text and drive

The three days just before Thanksgiving are some of the worst times of the year to be on the road, according to The University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety. The reason: high traffic volume with a mix of both commuter traffic and people getting to their holiday destinations. – News release

AIMTech wins $500,000 grant for medical research

Southern Research announced today the Alliance for Innovative Medical Technology (AIMTech) has won a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to continue work on merging health care needs with engineered medical devices. – News release

Alabama residential sales up 3.7 percent for Q3

Alabama residential sales during the third quarter of 2016 continued to improve, up 3.7 percent compared to the same period a year earlier. Total sales of 15,032 units represent the best third quarter since 2007. With that said, third-quarter sales are still 9.8 percent below the quarterly peak established in 2005, when 16,674 units were sold. – Alabama News Center

Auto execs still sorting out what Trump might mean

Global auto executives don't want to talk much about President-elect Donald Trump and his trade plans. But with billions of dollars invested in Mexican plants and supply chains, they can't afford not to think about what steep tariffs and scrapped treaties might mean for their businesses. – Automotive News

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