Top Headlines: Auburn athletics revenue, Oasis sues Buc-ee’s

Trump uses speech to urge Congress to ratify USMCA
The NAFTA-bashing president of the United States used his state of the union speech Tuesday to urge a divided, combative Congress to come together to ratify a continental trade pact he’s convinced will breathe new life into America’s moribund manufacturing sector. In the same breath as he derided NAFTA as a “catastrophe” and a “historic trade blunder,” Donald Trump sang the praises of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement as a recipe for resurrecting his country’s farm sector, creating blue-collar jobs and restoring the luster of the American auto industry. – CTV

That’s gold in them there Plains
Auburn athletics collected total revenue of $147,620,569 for the 2018 fiscal year, netting a total profit of $7,822,378, learned through an open records request. The profit margin is significantly lower than 2017, when Auburn netted $14.6 million in profit. The total revenue marks slightly less than $109,000 increase in revenue from 2017, and up nearly $7 million from 2016. –

Truck stop lawsuit seeks to take a bite out of Buc-ee’s
Not everyone seems to like Buc-ee’s low gas prices. The Texas-based chain, which recently opened in Robertsdale, Alabama, is now being sued by Oasis Travel Center. The lawsuit claims Buc-ee’s broke Alabama law by selling gas for less than $2 per gallon. Oasis says it has suffered irreparable harm. – ABC13

EBSCO rebrands its risk consulting, insurance division
EBSCO Industries Inc., a privately held global company based in Birmingham, announced Tuesday that it has renamed its risk consulting and insurance division to Valent Group. Previously known as S.S. Nesbitt & Co., the firm has been a part of the EBSCO family of companies since 2001, providing risk consulting for businesses, employer benefit groups and individuals across the Southeast. – News release

Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bassmaster partner for competition
Dick’s Sporting Goods, the nation’s largest sporting goods retailer, has become the title sponsor of the coveted Bassmaster Rookie of the Year award for 2019.
Only first-time qualifiers for the Bassmaster Elite Series who are new to top-tier competitive bass fishing are eligible to receive the Dick’s Sporting Goods Rookie of the Year award, which will be presented to the rookie who ranks highest in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race by the end of the season. – News release

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Owa reopens for 2019 on Feb. 9 with Vegas-style show
The Park at Owa, Owa’s 22 attraction amusement park located just north of Gulf Shores, will reopen for 2019 on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. A complete list of Park hours can be found at The season opening will feature Brandon Styles Live, an exciting Vegas-style variety show that will have its grand opening Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. – News release

Chicken Salad Chick to open new store in Trussville
Chicken Salad Chick’s newest Alabama location will be opening March 12. The Auburn-based restaurant chain will be opening in Trussville at 2050 Gadsden Hwy, Suite 108. According to the chain, the first 150 guests on opening day can receive free chicken salad for a year, with the first 10 guests receiving one free Large Quick Chick per week for 52 weeks. –

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