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Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 21

White House wants Moore for tax bill passage

The White House wants to see a Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama to help pass a tax overhaul bill, a senior adviser said on Monday, indicating a possible shift toward supporting candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of pursuing teenage girls when he was in his 30s. – Reuters

State’s low unemployment rate: What’s it really mean?

Alabama's unemployment rate is at a historic low. Gov. Kay Ivey announced last week that the state's preliminary, seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, down from 3.8 in September, which tied the previous record. A year ago, Alabama's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent. – AL.com

State’s retailers looking forward to big Christmas

Alabama retailers are expecting a billion dollar payday this holiday shopping season. The Alabama Retail Association is projecting shoppers will buy more than $11.5 billion in the state over the next two months. Those figures amount to a 2% increase in spending over last year’s numbers. – WBCI

This family learned how to keep itself in stitches

Times were tough for the Holtz family. Rick and Coleen Holtz grew up together in Huntsville, meeting as childhood neighbors and getting married when they were teenagers. They settled down, had six children, and then the recession of 2008 hit. “We were almost homeless and needed to find a way to pay the bills,” Rick says. “Luckily, my Dad had an old embroidery machine in his garage.” – ANC

Confederate Motors no more: Soon to be Curtiss Motorcycles

High-end motorcycle maker Confederate Motors Inc. announced Monday it is changing its name and abandoning internal combustion engines. Starting in January, the Birmingham-based company will be known as Curtiss Motorcycle Co., after aviation and motorcycling pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss. – AP/USN&WR

Small business Saturday happens this weekend

Small businesses are getting ready to welcome customers on Small Business Saturday, celebrated this year on Nov. 25. Results from the 2017 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released today by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and American Express, show six in ten (61%) U.S. consumers are aware of Small Business Saturday going into the day, and of those, 82% plan to shop at a small, independently owned retailer or dine at a small, independently-owned restaurant on the day. – News release

Dothan eyes tax abatements for development near Nypro

The Dothan City Commission could approve tax abatements for a potential development near the Nypro plant in western Dothan Tuesday. A tax abatement, or waiver, regarding property at 441 Nypro Lane is on the agenda for Tuesday’s agenda. Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce president Matt Parker said developers with Private Holdings, LLC, are planning to construct a large building, perhaps as big as 69,000 square feet, in order to attract a new manufacturer. – Dothan Eagle

Thousands of Odyssey vans recalled over second row seats

Honda says more than three-quarters of a million Odyssey mini-vans made over six years have defective second row seats. The Japanese auto giant has initiated a voluntary recall of about 800,000 of the vehicles, which were made from 2011 through 2017. This year, Honda unveiled its next generation Odyssey, made in Lincoln. – AL.com

CEO ordered to pay investor back $250K or go to jail

Roger Boggs, the CEO of Revolution Aluminum (formerly American Specialty Alloys), who was supposed to bring a $1.5 billion aluminum plant to Pineville, Louisiana back in 2015, has promised to pay $252,000 to Joseph Frimpong by Tuesday afternoon or face imprisonment until the amount is paid, according to the Alabama Middle District. – KALB

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