Top Headlines: Honda Alabama hits production milestone, Electric scooters coming to Mobile

Honda Alabama records production milestone in 2019
It’s been another milestone year for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, which reached the 5 million mark for vehicle and engine production since its $2.6 billion Talladega County plant opened nearly 20 years ago. — Made in Alabama

Some Alabama sheriffs force their inmates into medical debt
Sheriffs in multiple Alabama counties refuse to pay for some of their jail inmates’ health care needs. The inmates are personally billed, and their bills can end up with collection agencies while they are still behind bars, wrecking their credit. — ProPublica

Judge orders Alabama city to pay legal fees in school fight
A mostly white Alabama city that tried to form its own school system must pay nearly $850,000 to attorneys representing black people who successfully fought the move, a federal judge ruled. — New York Times

Deadline approaching for I-59/I-20 bridge project
The deadline is approaching for a company to earn a $15 million bonus for finishing work early on a major bridge project in Alabama’s largest city. Texas-based Johnson Brothers Corp. will get the money if it completes work by Jan. 21 on the new Interstate 59/20 overpasses through Birmingham, state officials told news outlets. But the company will have to pay $250,000 a day if the opening is delayed past March 21. — WHNT

Mayor tweets electric scooters coming to Downtown Mobile
It looks like electric scooters are coming to the Port City. Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson posted a picture on Twitter of a scooter from Gotcha, a company that makes electric bikes and scooters available to rent. The Mayor wrote in his post, “We must have been very good this year. Santa’s sending electric scooters to Downtown Mobile!” According to Gotcha’s website, it will cost $1 to unlock a scooter, and then it is 20 cents per minute to ride. — Fox10TV

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Alabama State BOE Approves New Math Standards
The Alabama State Board of Education voted to adopt a new set of mathematics standards at the monthly meeting on Dec. 12. According to the official release, these standards are poised to pave the way towards academic success for Alabama students. — Daleville Southeast Sun

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