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Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 30

Trump deal to save half of Carrier jobs bound for Mexico

President-elect Donald Trump and Carrier have reached an agreement to keep 1,000 jobs in the U.S., the air-conditioner company announced Tuesday evening. The company's plans to move some 2,000 jobs to Mexico from Indiana was a major campaign issue for Trump, who promised as president he would work to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S. – APR

Bon Ton Hatters to close in downtown Birmingham

One of Birmingham's oldest family-owned businesses will shut its doors for the final time after more than a century on 20th Street North. Bon Ton Hatters Shoe Repair's owner Jimmy Callis, 67, has sold the building and will close. Callis, known for his fluffy white mustache, is the third generation of his family to work at Bon Ton, which also repairs hats and caps. "It got very obvious to me that the city doesn't want me down here," Callis said. – AL.com

At least three reported dead in storms overnight

Deadly storms tore through parts of the Southeast late Tuesday and early Wednesday, killing at least three people, injuring several more and devastating homes and businesses. A tornado blasting through northeast Alabama killed three people in a mobile home and critically injured four children at a daycare center, according to media reports. – USA Today

Topgolf to open 65,000-square-foot Birmingham location

Dallas-based Topgolf is continuing its aggressive expansion by announcing plans to build a 65,000-square-foot venue in Birmingham, Alabama's largest city. The three-level Birmingham venue is expected to open in late 2017. Part driving range and part upscale sports bar, Topgolf locations are open year-round and feature climate-controlled hitting bays that can host up to six players at one time. – Dallas News

TVA fined for nuclear plant operations in Athens

Federal regulators have slapped a $140,000 fine on the Tennessee Valley Authority for failing to maintain adequate fire watches last year at the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant near Athens, Alabama. An NRC investigation in May 2015 found that five contract workers deliberately failed to conduct roving fire watch patrols as required under federal regulations for the nuclear plant. – TimesFreePress

Regional job fair set for today in Montgomery

The Alabama Career Center System, in partnership with WSFA12 News and the City of Montgomery, will host a regional job fair today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex in Montgomery. – News release

Honda’s new 2017 CR-V to hold steady on price

Honda’s redesigned 2017 CR-V will go on sale next month with a price tag remarkably similar to the outgoing model. The fifth-generation CR-V will hit dealers on Dec. 21 with a starting price of $24,925 for the base LX model, a $200 increase over the older 2016 version. The EX trim -- expected to be Honda’s most popular with 30 percent of CR-V sales -- will start at $27,575, up $580 from before. – Automotive News

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