Top Headlines: Alabama gets “B” for manufacturing, Lawmakers consider special session

Ball State gives Alabama “B” for manufacturing
Ball State University’s annual manufacturing review ranks Alabama in the second-to-top tier for the health of its manufacturing industry. Only five states earned a grade of A, and only one 10, including Alabama, scored a B. Alabama also notched a B for worker benefit costs, but rankings were lower for other related factors. — Ball State University 

Lawmakers consider special session to renew incentive programs
With both the Alabama Jobs Act and the Growing Alabama Act, which are used to provide industry-luring incentive packages, set to expire before the year is out, lawmakers may face a special session. Both items were on the agenda before Covid-19 curtailed the regular session. — Alabama Today

USS Savannah christened at Austal
Dianne Isakson broke champagne across the bow of the future USS Savannah, christening the littoral combatant ship for Austal USA. Sponsor of the ship, Isakson is the daughter of a World War II naval aviator, sister to two Navy veterans and wife of former Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson. It’s the 14th of 19 littoral combatant ships under contract to Austal in Mobile. — Austal USA 

Landfill remediation to begin soon
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has transferred the permit for the Noble Hill Landfill, near Attalla, to Evergreen Environmental Partners, paving the way for work at the landfill. — Gadsden Times 

Medicaid expansion holdouts reconsidering
As states that originally held out against an expansion of Medicaid have changed their minds, the remaining holdouts, including Mississippi, are reconsidering. Alabama is also one of the dozen states holding out on expansion. — Modern Healthcare

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