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Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 14

Autocar to create 746 jobs with new Birmingham plant

Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday that Indiana-based Autocar will invest $120 million to launch a manufacturing operation plant in Alabama to produce heavy-duty cab-over-engine trucks. The project is expected to create 746 jobs. Autocar said its manufacturing operation will be located in an existing 1 million-square-foot complex located in both Center Point and Birmingham. – Made In Alabama

Georgia-Pacific to build $100M sawmill in Talladega

Georgia-Pacific is building a new $100-million, state-of-the-art sawmill in Talladega, the company announced Wednesday. The new 300,000-square-foot facility will be built on the company's former plywood plant that closed in 2008. Construction is scheduled to begin immediately, and the sawmill is expected to be up and running late next year. – Wood Business

University of Mobile ranked No. 1 for veterans

University of Mobile is ranked No. 1 for veterans and No. 5 overall among regional colleges in the South in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings announced Sept. 12, 2017. The university was also named a “Best Value” school. The annual Best Colleges report assesses academic quality among regionally accredited colleges and universities throughout the United States. – News release

Alabama school superintendent hands in resignation

Alabama School Superintendent Michael Sentance has resigned, effective immediately. Sentance, a former education adviser to the governor of Massachusetts, was named superintendent in August of 2016. – ABC3340

Calhoun Workforce Solutions to host info session tonight

The Calhoun Workforce Solutions (CWS) team is hosting an information session on Thursday, September 14, 6 p.m., at Calhoun’s Huntsville campus (new building, room 1220) for those interested in a cyber-security or IT career path. This event is free and open to the public. The information session will focus on the short-term, non-credit IT and cyber training courses that are currently being offered through the CWS department. – News release

King’s Home launching new program at Sept. 28 event

King’s Home, a Christian-based organization, will host an Open House on Thursday, Sept. 28th at 6 p.m. to launch its new Therapeutic Foster Care program. The King’s Home Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Program provides nurturing homes to children and teens in the custody of Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR).  In many cases, these children have been abused, neglected and are in desperate need of a safe, healing home. – News release

State’s farmers deal with Hurricane Irma aftermath

Farmers across Alabama are assessing the damage from the remnants of Hurricane Irma, which brought tropical winds and rain to Alabama Monday. The Alabama Farmer's Federation stated in a news release that the storm came in the midst of the corn harvest. However, some farmers worked longer hours over the weekend to clear out fields before the storm arrived, said Carla Hornady, director of AFF's cotton, soybeans, wheat & feed grain division. – AL.com

Principal Mortgage rebrands to become Method Mortgage

Principal Mortgage, one of Birmingham’s leading mortgage companies, has rebranded and changed its name to Method Mortgage. After ten years of serving the Birmingham and Alabama marketplaces, the company is growing to serve the surrounding Southeast. – News release

Adults of all ages confess to their biggest spending black hole

When it comes to blowing their hard-earned cash, millennials and baby boomers may have more in common than you think. The same goes for men and women, Americans who live on opposite sides of the country and even people of different income brackets. That's because they all say they waste too much money on one particular thing. – CNBC

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