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Top News Links: Thursday, Nov. 30

SAS Automotive launching Mercedes support facility

Global auto supplier SAS Automotive Systems is launching an operation in Tuscaloosa County to support the production of Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation sport utility vehicles in Alabama, adding 170 jobs to the state’s expanding auto sector. – Made In Alabama

Alabama’s business climate ranking moves up three spots

 Alabama once again finds itself rated among the nation's best business climates, according to a survey of location consultants and corporate real estate executives by a national magazine. Site Selection ranked Alabama sixth in its annual State Business Climate survey, up three spots from 2016. – AL.com

Calhoun Community College wins funds for job training

Dr. Jim Klauber, president of Calhoun Community College, today announced that the college has been awarded $279,000 in grant funding from the Alabama Community College System’s Special Population Training funds for two programs aimed at increasing the number of students trained to enter targeted industry sectors. – News release

Bannon says he’ll campaign for Roy Moore here

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon told CNN Tuesday he is going to campaign for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore at a rally in the state next week, making a strong show of support for the embattled Republican a week before the special election. – Business Insider

Dabo Swinney keynote speaker Feb. 27 at UM

Coaching legend Dabo Swinney is the keynote speaker for the 2018 University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet on Feb. 27. One of the top head football coaches in the nation, Clemson University head coach William Christopher “Dabo” Swinney is a former Alabama wide receiver and an outspoken Christian. – News release

AT&T declares Lawrence County industrial parks Fiber Ready

As part of AT&T’s continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in Alabama, AT&T and Lawrence County announced Tuesday that Mallard Fox West Industrial Complex and Lawrence County Industrial Airpark are certified AT&T Fiber Ready. – Moulton Advertiser

Seven ways to avoid paying high medical charges

A doctor offers a surgical add-on that leads to a $1,877 bill for a young girl's ear piercing. A patient protests unnecessary scans to identify and treat her breast cysts. A study shows intensive care-level treatment is overused. ProPublica has been documenting the myriad ways the health system wastes money on unnecessary services, often shifting the costs to consumers. But there are ways patients can protect themselves. – APR

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