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Top News Links: Wednesday, November 8

Navy’s LCS program finally enters calmer seas

Maybe, just maybe, it's safe to say that the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ships are finally entering calmer waters after a stormy voyage from the drawing board to their place in the fleet. Certainly, a review concluded in 2016 has led to a new sense of certainty about where the ships will be based, how they'll be deployed, how they'll be manned and how crews will be trained. – AL.com

Alabama native Tim Cook quietly gets it done at Apple

It's been a monumental few months for Apple, with the release of the iPhone X -- the biggest redesign of Apple's most important product since it launched in 2007 -- plus the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, a new Apple Watch with cellular connectivity, a new Apple TV, new Macs, and the forthcoming HomePod "smart" speaker. All of these products were hatched under Apple's understated CEO, Tim Cook. – CNBC

State’s online sales tax revenue increasing but challenges remain

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says a creative business owner best summed up one of the challenges posed by the expanding digital economy. A sign in front of the florist's shop read: "The Internet didn't pave Carter Hill Road." As consumers turn more and more to online vendors for clothes, gifts, books, electronics and other products, Alabama cities, counties and state government feel the pinch of lost sales tax dollars. – AL.com

Yes, Mr. President, Japan has factories here

Over this past weekend, while touring Asia, President Donald Trump made some confusing statements about American and Japanese cars. Trump argued that More American vehicles should be sold in Japan, where historically almost no American cars have been on the market. But he also seemed to misunderstand that Japanese automakers have been building vehicles in the US for decades, employing thousands of American in the process. – Business Insider

Wallace State names conference center for William Peinhardt

Wallace State Community College unveiled a new name for the conference center located in the School of Nursing and Center for Science, as well as new scholarship opportunities for area students. The Dr. William F. Peinhardt Conference Center is the new name of the 500-seat facility, thanks to a $250,000 pledge by the Cullman Savings Bank Foundation. – Cullman Times

Judge to rule Friday on Collier suit against Bentley

A judge says he will rule by noon on Friday whether to throw out a lawsuit filed against former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley by a one-time aide. The comment by Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin came at a hearing held Monday in the lawsuit filed against Bentley by Spencer Collier, the former head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Collier sued Bentley over his firing. – WVTM

J.B. Hunt adds sales office in Mobile

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., one of the largest supply chain solutions providers in North America, announced today the opening of two new J.B. Hunt enterprise sales branch office locations in Mobile, Alabama, and Texarkana, Texas. – BusinessWire

Sales, lodging tax increases voted down in Florence

A sales tax increase failed to pass Tuesday night. Members of the city council tied 3-3.  A proposed lodging tax increase of 3% also failed to pass after a tie vote. City leaders said they were faced with raising sales tax, or having to dig deeper into their dwindling reserves to keep the city operating. – WHNT

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