Top Headlines: Bentley-Collier Trial Date Set; Farmers Worried About Trade Tensions

Judge sets March 4 trial date for Bentley-Collier case
A lawsuit filed against former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley by his one-time law enforcement secretary will go to trial in March. Court records show that Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin set a March 4 trial date for the case.

Spencer Collier contends Bentley wrongfully fired him and then tried to discredit him with a sham state investigation. Collier also accused Bentley of interfering in law enforcement business. – ANN

Online shoppers for Cyber Monday may hit tax wall
Shoppers heading online to purchase holiday gifts will find they’re being charged sales tax at some websites where they weren’t before. The reason: the Supreme Court. A June ruling gave states the go-ahead to require more companies to collect sales tax on online purchases. Now, more than two dozen have moved to take advantage of the ruling, many ahead of the busy holiday shopping season. – WBRC

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Hoover vows transparency after Thanksgiving mall shooting
Hoover city and police officials issued a joint statement early Monday morning vowing transparency throughout the investigations into the Thanksgiving night shootings inside the Riverchase Galleria that left one man dead and two others wounded. “We want everyone who lives in, works in, works for, or visits Hoover to know that we are a city that puts safety and respect in the highest regard for all citizens,’’ officials said. “We will be transparent throughout the course of this investigation.” – AL.com

Farmers among Alabama groups worried about trade tensions
What do Alabama’s top industrial leaders have in common with people riding a roller coaster in the dark? A lot, unfortunately, to judge from two recent trade forums in Mobile. Both focused on the possible fallout of ongoing Trump administration trade fights, particularly international exchanges of tariffs. Both exposed fears that industries vital to the state’s economic health are strapped into a ride that is just beginning. – AL.com

Is a Mercedes-Tesla joint project in the offing?
Are Mercedes-Benz and Tesla talking up a possible project on electric vehicles?

It may sound that way, based on a couple of statements from the men heading both companies. As The Street reminds us, last month at the Paris Auto Show, Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche said he wasn’t opposed to working with Tesla in the future. Daimler at one time owned about 9 percent of Tesla. Then comes Elon Musk, The Tesla CEO was asked via Twitter about the company’s assistance vans. His response was welcoming. “Maybe interesting to work with Daimler/Mercedes on an electric Sprinter. That’s a great van. We will inquire.” – AL.com

Regions Financial adopts environmental sustainability policy
Regions Financial Corp. is aiming to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by 30 percent within five years. That’s according to the company’s Environmental Sustainability Policy, which Regions released today. The reduction goals use the company’s 2015 energy consumption totals as a base year. Regions plans on reaching the goals through energy efficient lighting and automation controls, HVAC and mechanical efficiency upgrades, high-performance building envelope upgrades and real estate portfolio optimization. – AL.com

Honda recalling 122,000 Odyssey minivans
Honda is recalling 2018 and 2019 Odyssey minivans because of a defect it says can cause the sliding doors to open while the van is moving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall affects all Odysseys made since April 2018. Some parts in the power sliding door’s rear latch assembly can stick, preventing the doors from securely latching. This could cause the doors to open. – AL.com

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