Top Headlines: Collier lawsuit settled, Cost of recycling adding up

State pays $525K to settle Collier suit against Bentley
The state of Alabama paid $525,000 as part of a settlement of former Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier’s lawsuit against former Gov. Robert Bentley and others. The state’s online checkbook shows the payment from the state Finance Department on May 29. The entry says the payment is for “legal claim & award.” The payment was made to the Jemison & Mendelsohn law firm, which represented Collier. –

Economics of recycling changes for many cities, for the worse
We’ve all been taught to recycle, but is doing the right thing worth it? It’s a dilemma being felt across the country right now. “Six months ago they were paying us approximately $2 a ton. Now this month the price is—we have to pay them $37 a ton to take our material,” said Daphne Public Works Director Jeremy Sasser. – NBC15 

Ford dealer’s shotgun giveaway back on with a rebranding
An Alabama Ford dealer ran into corporate head winds with its Fourth of July promotion. So it stopped talking about the free shotgun included in the package deal. The original promotion that Chatom Ford in Chatom, Ala., offered customers was a free King James Bible, an American flag and a 12-gauge shotgun with the purchase of a vehicle. – Washington Post

Regions announces three executive appointments
Regions Bank has announced three executive organizational changes involving several different branches of the company, including fintech, corporate banking and technology. Kate Danella, head of strategic planning, will now be responsible for all consumer banking group products and origination partnerships. Logan Pichel will move into the finance group from his role as head of enterprise operations. Amala Duggirala, the enterprise chief information officer, will now serve as the head of operations and technology. –

Connecticut plants closing, Alabama stands to get transfers
A Connecticut-based electrical and electronic product manufacturer is closing two plants resulting in the loss of nearly 200 jobs. The Hartford Courant reports that Hubbell Inc. will shut down plants in Newtown and Bethel by the end of the year as it shifts work to factories in other parts of the country. Work at the Newtown facility will move to Puerto Rico and work in Bethel is transferring to Alabama. – AP

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Birmingham development services firm acquires Huntsville company
Birmingham land development services firm Schoel is acquiring Huntsville’s 4Site, and plans to expand its operations to 4Site’s Huntsville location. The terms of the deal, which becomes effective July 1, were not disclosed. As a result Schoel is expanding its civil engineering, land surveying, land planning and landscape architecture services. –

Community Bank expanding into Mountain Brook
Mississippi-based Community Bank is expanding into the Birmingham market. The company says its new office will be located at 813 Shades Creek Pkwy. in the Mountain Brook area off U.S. 280. Community Bank currently has 49 offices in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee, but most of its offices in Alabama are concentrated along the Gulf Coast. –

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