Top Headlines: GD Copper investment, Shipt lands CVS contract

GD Copper investing $3.5 million in plant, to hire 40
Wilcox County’s GD Copper USA plans to invest $3.5 million in its manufacturing facility, creating up to 40 new jobs. The company has operated a $100 million, 500,000-square-foot plant in the Thomasville/West Wilcox Industrial Park since 2014, producing products for its U.S. market. By the expansion’s close, the plant could employ up to 400. – AL.com

Jones calls Trump in effort to move aid package forward
President Donald Trump received a ring from an unusual caller last week: Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. The vulnerable Alabama Democrat urged Trump to accept more money for Puerto Rico as a way to unstick a $13 billion disaster aid bill that’s stalled in the Senate. But Trump so far has been unmoved by pleas from both Democrats and Republicans. – Politico

Shipt lands contract with CVS for prescription delivery
Birmingham’s Shipt is now offering same-day prescription and retail delivery for CVS. Details of the deal have not been disclosed, but the pharmacy chain says it will be able to offer deliveries from 6,000 CVS Pharmacy locations across the country. The service is offered through the chain’s CVS Pharmacy app, through text, or by calling a local CVS Pharmacy location. The delivery charge is $7.99. The fee for one- to two-day delivery is $4.99. – AL.com

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What’s up with the higher gas prices?
Prices at the gas pump are rising as maintenance work at refineries is squeezing supply. Drivers in the West Coast, Rockies, Great Lakes and Central regions are feeling the pinch the most, while motorists east of the Mississippi River are seeing more moderate increases. The national gas price average increased five cents to $2.74 a gallon this week and is eight cents more than the same time last year, according to data from AAA. – USA Today

Honda employees built a Passport as crowd watched
From frame to the distinctive “H” logo, the “pop-up” Passport is done. Honda employees gave spectators at this past weekend’s Honda Indy Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park a peek at the auto manufacturing process away from the plant. In three days’ time, associates with Honda Manufacturing of Alabama assembled a 2019 Honda Passport SUV on stage. – AL.com

Senate bill could strengthen state’s open records law
A Senate bill would require state agencies to respond to open records requests, set some limits on fees public agencies can charge for documents and establish an office to resolve disputes over documents. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, would also establish civil penalties for records custodians who deny records requests without proper cause. – Montgomery Advertiser

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