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Bellefonte developers now want $1B in incentives
The developer seeking to complete Bellefonte Nuclear Plant and bring it to an electricity-producing status for the first time may be looking for some financial help from Alabama taxpayers. Franklin Haney, the Chattanooga developer who started Nuclear Development LLC to purchase the plant, said in an interview with the Daily Memphian that he is looking for $1 billion in incentives from Alabama governments. –

Black Friday Virgins: Look here for best strategy tips
If you have a reputation of snagging deals on everything you buy, then you probably already have your Black Friday and Cyber Monday plans mapped out. However, if you’re curious about how to take advantage of the biggest shopping holiday of the year, then we have some tips for you. – Yahoo

Trump EPA appointee indicted for Alabama bribery scandal
A senior Environmental Protection Agency administrator has been indicted by an Alabama grand jury on charges he conspired to violate ethics laws in connection with a political bribery scandal linked to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Alabama Ethics Commission announced that a grand jury indicted Onis “Trey” Glenn, the EPA official responsible for nine Southern states, and his former business partner, Willie Scott Phillips, on a variety of state ethics charges. – NJ Today

Montgomery in top 10 among most digital cities
When it comes to digital cities, the City of Montgomery ranks in the top ten in the U.S. The Digital City Survey award was given out at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
The survey examines the overall technology programs and plans of the city. Out of all the cities its size Montgomery ranks 8th. Mayor Todd Strange says it started with the open data portal that allows access to the city budget and payroll. – ANN

Lawmakers again eye gas tax to fix roads, bridges
There could be a big change on the horizon for Alabama drivers that could result in higher gas prices but better roads. Lawmakers are showing signs of wanting to resurrect a gas tax hike in the 2019 legislative session. The Alabama state gas tax has not increased since 1992. While lawmakers haven’t figured out any details for a hike, a measure last year failed. – WAAY

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Feds turn recall attention to Hyundai, Kia
U.S. prosecutors are investigating if Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors’ vehicle recalls over engine defects were conducted properly. The South Korean firms, together the world’s No.5 automaker, recalled nearly 1.7 million vehicles in 2015 and 2017 in the United States in one of their biggest recalls in the country, citing an engine failure that increases the risk of a crash. – Reuters

Council partners with RevBirmingham to fix Ensley business district
Business owners in Ensley say they’ve waited long enough to see what will happen to the Ramsay McCormack building and the blocks that neighbor it. “I don’t believe we can wait for the city to do its part because this could be another four years,” said Brian Rice, who owns several businesses in downtown Ensley. “Whether they move forward or not we have to continue. We have to move the ball forward,” he continued. – WBRC

Cassioli Group expands with sales office in Birmingham
Italy-based Cassioli Group is bringing a new presence to the U.S. with a new sales and after-sales office in Birmingham through Cassioli USA Corp. Cassioli develops handling systems for material manufacturing and industrial automation, according to a company spokeswoman at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference, held recently in Akron. – Rubber News

Bill Nye thinks some of his fellow scientists may be high
At an event promoting the new National Geographic Channel’s series “Mars,” scientist and science educator Bill Nye spoke about the Red Planet’s future. While he’s all about the idea that astronauts travel to Mars and explore Mars and possibly even mine Mars, he’s pretty much against the idea that humans could live on Mars. “This whole idea of terraforming Mars,” said Nye, “As respectful as I can be, are you guys high?” – SlashGear

New Volvo approach: No cars at car show in L.A.
While we media types tend to focus on the news and debuts associated with an auto show, the truth is, these events are really held with consumers in mind. Auto shows are a way to get butts in seats, allowing new car shoppers to interact with a brand’s products firsthand. So why, then, won’t Volvo’s Los Angeles Auto Show stand have any cars? – CNET

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