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Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 6

Another entity created to funnel worker training funds

About 500 would-be workers statewide will get skills training thanks to $1.8 million in grants through the newly created Craft Training Board. The board announced funding for 25 applicants. The money will fund craft education programs in schools, colleges and companies. The board, a seven member board of contractors, was created to oversee money collected through a $1 increase in building permits per $1,000 of project value. – AL.com

Breitbart throws its weight behind candidate Roy Moore

Breitbart News has ramped up its activity in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama, which is shaping up to be a proxy fight between Republican Party leaders and the right-wing grassroots. Politico reported on Monday that Breitbart News is waging an "all out campaign" to beat Sen. Luther Strange, a Republican who was appointed following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' departure for the Department of Justice following President Donald Trump's victory in the election. – Business Insider

Huntsville developer speaks with checkbook

A Madison County judge has dismissed the last of land developer Louis Breland's two lawsuits over how the Cabela's outdoor store ended up in Huntsville instead of possibly coming to property Breland is developing in Madison. The dismissal came Tuesday just as Gov. Kay Ivey's latest finance report was suggesting Breland still isn't over losing Cabela's to Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle's team. Breland gave Ivey $100,000 for her still-unannounced campaign for a full term. – AL.com

Agriculture community braces for Irma evacuees

With expectations of Hurricane Irma making landfall in south Florida this weekend, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) has been in contact with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA),  Alabama Horse Council and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services to confirm temporary sheltering facilities for evacuated livestock including horses and cattle. – News release

Why is he Farmer of the Year? Outstanding in his field, of course

Beef cattle and timber are ideally suited to the land Chris Langley farms near his home in Camp Hill, Ala. Langley sets and meets annual production goals. His farm includes 2,650 acres of which 2,402 acres are owned and 248 acres are rented. “Our rented land is mainly pasture,” says Langley. About half of his income comes from timber and half comes from beef. As a result of his success as a beef and timber producer, Langley has been selected as state winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award. – The Lafayette Sun

Oakworth Capital Bank named top pick in survey

Oakworth Capital Bank has been named to American Banker magazine's 2017 Best Banks to Work For, as the #18 "Best Bank" nationally, and #1 in Alabama. The initiative, which began in 2013, is a project of American Banker and Best Companies Group to recognize and honor the nation’s best banks. – Business Insider

Alabama, third most obese state, can still change

Changing your drink is a small change, right? Yes. Kind of like, "Big deal. What difference will it make?" But never picking up those drinks in the first place can have lasting effects in the long run. In a study this year through U.S. News & World Report, the state ranked 47th in health care when measured on affordability, access and quality. And last week, the state was ranked the third most obese state, with a 35.7 percent adult obesity rate, up only slight from the 35.6 percent adult obesity rate in 2015. – Montgomery Advertiser

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