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Top News Links: Thursday, Nov. 10

How will a Trump presidency affect Alabamians?

So how will President-elect Donald Trump's first term affect you? He's laid out several strong positions, and now the country waits to see if and how the changes will be implemented. Trump has promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which provides insurance to Americans who don't have it through work. In Alabama, that's about 165,000 people. – WBRC

Jeff Sessions could be next secretary of defense

Donald Trump’s win in the 2016 U.S. presidential election after a campaign in which he clashed with many big-name Republicans has made speculation about who he will appoint to fill top positions in the U.S. government all the more interesting. Sen. Jeff Sessions backed Trump in February, becoming one of the first congressmen to do so. The Washington Post has tipped him as a likely pick for defense secretary, though several other Trump supporters are also possible candidates for the Pentagon's top job. – Newsweek

Automotive industry, tight with Mexico, is worried

The election of Republican Donald Trump as U.S. president put new pressure on automakers and other manufacturers that depend on open trade with Mexico. Shares fell for U.S. automakers and suppliers, which rely heavily on production in Mexico to feed their U.S. manufacturing and sales operations. – Automotive News

State’s military interests could benefit with Trump

President-Elect Donald J. Trump's victory Tuesday may be good for Alabama's defense and aerospace industries, but experts say Trump will face the same challenge that ties today's Washington in knots. Doing things often costs money, and voters seem to want Washington spending less. – AL.com

MollerTech project shows momentum for rural areas

Global auto supplier MollerTech on Tuesday officially launched work on a $46.3 million manufacturing facility near this tiny Bibb County community, a project that will create more than 220 jobs and spur growth in this rural region. MollerTech’s selection of the Bibb County site also shows that Alabama’s rural areas are now better positioned to compete for new capital investment and jobs, according to Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. – Made In Alabama

Right-to-work measures pass here, elsewhere

Proponents of right-to-work laws prevailed Nov. 8 in Alabama and South Dakota on related but very different ballot initiatives, but they lost their bid in Virginia to enshrine such a statute in the state constitution. Voters in Alabama approved adding right-to-work language to their state’s constitution with nearly 70 percent support. The amendment’s supporters said the move will boost the state’s economic development efforts. – Bloomberg

State’s voters approve Amendment 11

Alabama voters Tuesday agreed to give city and county governments more bargaining power when recruiting companies to the state, with 59 percent approving Amendment 11. It allows governments the ability to sell land at less than market value if an employer is willing to make at least a $100 million investment. – WAAY

Cubic Corp. promotes GATR co-founder Paul Gierow

 One of the co-founders of GATR Technologies is taking a leadership role at the parent company who recently purchased what was one of the fastest-growing Huntsville businesses. Cubic Corporation is promoting former GATR president Paul Gierow to vice president of technology for its Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business. – WAAY

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