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Top News Links: Monday, Sept. 25

Bibb County suddenly seeing a lot of lettuce

It's been a whirlwind year for Bibb County. Mercedes-Benz broke ground Friday on two huge projects in Woodstock - a new Global Logistics Center and an after-sales North American hub in Bibb County. Eleven months ago, German auto supplier MollerTech announced a $46.3 million production plant coming to Bibb County, to share the Scott G. Davis Industrial Park with Mercedes' new projects. Together, the three by themselves, when fully operational, represent more than 650 jobs, with almost $300 million in investment. And that's only the beginning. – AL.com

Trump appears to be getting on the Roy Moore bus

Forces that support former Alabama state supreme court chief justice Roy Moore in his primary Senate campaign against Republican Sen. Luther Strange have already started to capitalize on some of President Donald Trump's lukewarm remarks at his Friday-night rally for the Alabama senator. Courageous Conservatives PAC, which is backing Moore in the race, cut an ad Saturday highlighting some of Trump's comments from the rally. – Business Insider

Birmingham, Mobile win grants to aid business

Almost $1 million in federal grant money is going to help business programs in Birmingham and Mobile. The Department of Commerce announced grants to provide seed money for more than 40 entrepreneurial organizations in 28 states. The University of Alabama at Birmingham will get about $500,000 for a planned business incubator that will help faculty, students and staff launch companies related to regional health. The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation is receiving $300,000 to help a Gulf Coast program for entrepreneurs. – AP/USN&WR

IP to spend $300M on paper machine conversion in Selma

International Paper has unveiled plans to invest around $300 million to convert its No. 15 paper machine at the Riverdale Mill in Selma. The company will convert the paper machine from uncoated freesheet to whitetop linerboard and containerboard. Expected to be complete by mid-year 2019, the conversion offers flexibility to shift between containerboard products. – Packaging-Business Review

Coca-Cola UNITED invests $5M in Florida operations

Birmingham's Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED has made a big investment in its Florida operations with a $5 million facility that includes a distribution Center, Warehouse, Fleet Maintenance center and administrative offices. The Valparaiso Coca-Cola sales center became a part of the Alabama company in 2014. – AL.com

Worker dies in accident at Nucor Steel in Decatur

A worker has died in an accident at Nucor Steel in Decatur, Decatur Police Department spokeswoman Emily Long said. Decatur Police and Decatur Fire and Rescue responded to a 4:15 p.m. call about an industrial accident at Nucor Steel on Iverson Boulevard in Trinity. They discovered that Melvin Gant Jr. had fallen into a vat of the waste products of finished rolled steel. – AL.com

Rural health care in Alabama on life support

Republicans on Capitol Hill are debating a new plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and that’s helping to deepen concerns over the cost of health coverage. Alabamians already face the fourth highest health insurance rates in the nation and rural hospitals here receive among the lowest reimbursements from Medicare. APR’s Pat Duggins has more on what this means for rural healthcare providers, and the people who need that help. – APR

Key details of Trump tax plan may be revealed Wednesday

President Donald Trump could provide key details about the tax rates and other provisions he’d like to see in final tax legislation during a trip to Indiana on Wednesday. Republican tax negotiators are targeting a corporate tax rate of 20 percent, according to two people familiar with the matter. That would be higher than President Donald Trump wants—setting up a key decision for the president on a top legislative priority. – Indiana Business Journal

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