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Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 22

Trump gives side door endorsement of Moore

President Donald Trump on Tuesday implicitly endorsed Roy Moore, the Republican Senate nominee in Alabama, telling reporters as he left the White House for a Thanksgiving trip to Palm Beach, Florida, "We don't need a liberal person ... a Democrat," in that seat. – Business Insider

Alabama thought to have advantage over NC for plant

Alabama and North Carolina are reported to be the last remaining candidates in the running to land a prized $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda plant, presenting stark differences spanning from production costs to talent availability. The finalists were confirmed by people familiar with the negotiations. – Automotive News

Mobile Council approves incentives for steel move

A month after Mobile officials celebrated steelmaker SSAB's decision to move its North American headquarters to Mobile, the Mobile City Council approved the city's share of an incentive package that appears to give the company more than $40,000 for every job it's bringing to Alabama. Without discussion or dissent, the council voted Tuesday to approve a project agreement that would involve providing $750,000 to SSAB. – AL.com

Mercedes battery plant part of its global strategy

It will be sometime next year before work begins on the next phase of Mercedes-Benz's Tuscaloosa expansion. The company's electric battery plant, announced in September as part of its $1 billion expansion, is expected to break ground sometime in 2018. The battery plant will be the company's fifth plant globally and set up electric vehicle production in Tuscaloosa. – AL.com

Toyota workers put on notice: Costs too high

Toyota Motor Corp. issued an unsettling warning to Kentucky workers building its top-selling Camry sedan: Cut costs now or face an uncertain future. The automaker can build a Camry in Japan, ship it all the way to Kentucky and make more money selling that car than from one built at Toyota’s factory in the state, the plant’s president told employees in a 2 1/2 minute-long internal video. – Bloomberg

Only hospital in Winston County to close

Curae Health is closing a hospital in rural Alabama. Citing reduced reimbursements from government and commercial insurers, Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville, Alabama, announced it would cease operations by the end of the year. The closure will affect 87-employee at the 59-bed hospital, which is the only one in Winston County. – Daily Journal

Birmingham’s new Topgolf complex: What’s the fuss about?

Birmingham's much-anticipated Topgolf entertainment complex opens Friday, Dec. 1. "Topgolf is everybody's game," said Tyler McCarthy, director of operations for the Birmingham Topgolf. "Everyone can come here and enjoy it. There is something for everyone." – AL.com

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