Top Headlines: Cold week for Alabama, NYT says oysters in trouble

James Spann says not to panic, but I can’t stop crying
As the rain ends Tuesday morning, cold air should become deep enough for a very brief period of light sleet (ice pellets) or freezing rain (rain in liquid form that falls with surface temperatures at or below freezing). With warm soil temperatures and the short-lived window for freezing or frozen precipitation, we expect no impact. Forecast upper-air soundings don’t favor it, but there could be a snowflake or two somewhere over north Alabama early Tuesday morning. We are forecasting a low in the 18- to 24-degree range early Wednesday morning across north and central Alabama. – Alabama NewsCenter

New York Times says Southern oysters are in big trouble
For decades, customers who visited the P & J Oyster Company’s headquarters in the French Quarter on the day before Thanksgiving were greeted by a sampling of what the holiday would bring: baked oysters, oyster dressing, oyster soup, oysters Rockefeller.“There are so many things you can make with our oysters,” said Al Sunseri, who runs the company, an oyster distributor and processor, with his brother Sal, and son, Blake. “I don’t see that tradition coming back.” – NYT

Securities Commission issues advisory on ‘affinity fraud’
The Alabama Securities Commission has issued an advisory to help investors better understand a type of scam known as ‘affinity fraud’ and how to help avoid becoming a victim. Affinity fraud occurs frequently at places of worship, in tight-knit ethnic or immigrant communities, at country clubs, in professional organizations, online forums, and anywhere people gather around a shared belief, interest or goal. That shared interest creates camaraderie and trust among the members. Fraudsters join these groups and use the trust to leave investors broke. – WTOK

Huntsville Hospital, urgent care centers enter into partnership
Huntsville Hospital Health System and Urgent Team Urgent Care & Walk-In Centers are forming a joint venture partnership to create a network of urgent care and family care centers in North Alabama. Beginning Dec. 2, Urgent Team Walk-In Urgent Care locations in Decatur, Florence, Huntsville, Muscle Shoals, and Madison will be rebranded as Huntsville Hospital Urgent Care centers. –

Remember the Water War? It’s still being fought, in New Mexico
Senior U.S. Circuit Court Judge Paul Kelly heard 90 minutes of testimony in his Albuquerque, N.M., courtroom last week in Florida’s 2013 lawsuit against Georgia demanding it impose ”reasonable regulation” of “unrestrained and mismanaged” irrigation by farmers along the Flint River. Kelly was appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court in August 2018 to serve as “special master” in overseeing the case, which Florida claims is the “last, best hope” to save Apalachicola Bay’s multimillion dollar shellfish industry. – The Center Square

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Mercedes-Benz CEO says an electric G-Wagen is going to happen
It looks like Mercedes-Benz really was serious when it pledged to offer 10 discrete electric vehicles by 2022. But what might be even more surprising is that one of those future EVs will be an electrified version of its biggest and burliest vehicle, the beloved G-Wagen. Two years after the automaker made its lofty claim—and six months after the debut of its first electric SUV, the ECQ—new Daimler AG CEO Ola Källenius has confirmed that the company is hard at work electrifying everyone’s favorite German SUV. – Robb Report

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