Top Headlines: Crews assess storm damage, Medicaid expansion study shows health improvement

Crews doing surveys to determine extent of weekend’s deadly storms
The severe weather event that forecasters have been warning about for nearly a week was winding down on Saturday night. The weather service in Birmingham said a confirmed tornado hit in Pickens County Saturday afternoon and that local emergency managers were responding to calls about damage in the Carrollton area. Three people died in that storm. –

Study: Southern states with Medicaid expansion saw improved overall health
A new study found that Southern states with Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act saw fewer declines in people’s health, resulting in an overall improvement in health for low-income adults. The study, published by Health Affairs, examined 12 Southern states to compare those that had expanded Medicaid, like Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and West Virginia, and those that have not, like Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. – AL Political Reporter 

As new CEO takes charge, Boeing’s challenges will prove daunting
As he moves into the chief executive’s suite in Boeing’s 36-story world headquarters building in downtown Chicago today, David Calhoun will find he has monumental tasks ahead of him. The aerospace giant is still reeling from the fallout of two 737 Max jetliner crashes — in Indonesia in October 2018 and in Ethiopia last March — that killed a total of 346 people. Both Boeing and its rival, Airbus, have operations in Alabama. – APR

Auto supplier, pipe fabricator coming to Lawrence County
Lawrence County is welcoming two new industries, which officials say will create 78 new jobs. The Lawrence County Industrial Development Board announced that CCI Manufacturing USA Corp. is investing $21.5 million into an advanced production facility to produce automotive fluids at the Mallard Fox West Industrial Complex. Progressive Pipe Fabricators has also broken ground on an 82,000-square-foot facility, expected to be fully operational by July 1. –

Montgomery-based insurance firm expands into Tennessee
Montgomery-based Palomar Insurance has expanded into Tennessee with a new office in downtown Chattanooga. Ware Hart has been named vice president of the Palomar-Hart Group in Chattanooga. “We’re excited to bring our expertise to Chattanooga and serve the local business community with insurance products and risk management services that supplement their success and help them achieve their goals,” Palomar President and CEO Tony Craft said. –

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