Top Headlines: Mazda Toyota jobs start at $17/hour, Frontier adds Huntsville to Orlando flight

Mazda Toyota jobs to start at $17 an hour
Mazda Toyota Manufacturing will start production workers at its Huntsville automobile plant at $17 per hour and require them to do “physically demanding” work, the two auto companies say. In exchange, the companies say, they will work to “build trust and loyalty through innovation and collaboration” at what they say will be a “world-class” auto plant. The companies listed job details as they opened the hiring process Monday for their new joint plant now rising in west Huntsville off Interstate 565. The plant will begin production in 2021. –

Huntsville business leaders learn to fight economic espionage
It would take you more than 15,000 years to count every dollar the United States loses annually to the theft of trade secrets. The U.S. Attorney for Alabama’s Northern District met with business leaders in Huntsville to show ways to combat this crime. “When we’re talking about threats to intellectual property and trade secrets here in Madison County, and Huntsville, at the Arsenal, out in Research Park, that threat comes in a variety of forms,” said U.S. Attorney Jay Town. – WHNT

Alabama AG not convinced by panel recommending medical cannabis
Alabama’s Medical Cannabis Study Commission has recommended legislation to establish a medical cannabis sales regime. While studies aren’t conclusive, the panel notes, “there is strong scientific evidence that both hemp and marijuana contain compounds that provide significant relief for symptoms of certain specified medical conditions.” But Attorney General Steve Marshall has sent a letter to lawmakers asking them to consider the consequences of legalizing medical marijuana. – CannibisWire

Frontier adds new flight from Huntsville to Orlando
The low-cost carrier at Huntsville International Airport is expanding its inventory of flights. The airport announced Monday that Frontier Airlines is adding a third weekly flight to Orlando. Frontier will now have flights to and from Orlando three days a week. Previously, Frontier had routes on two days of the week. –

Mountain Brook’s Sol Y Luna to take reservations this month
Sol Y Luna has announced that it will begin taking reservations the last week in January in preparation for its reopening at the beginning of February. The new Sol Y Luna location will be located at 920 Lane Parke Ct., in Mountain Brook. Jorge Castro announced the return of the popular restaurant in September. –

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Alabama irrigation documentation for tax credits due Jan. 31
The Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries (ADAI) wants to remind producers who performed agriculture irrigation upgrades in 2019 to complete the required irrigation questionnaire, which is due Jan. 31. An income tax credit is available for certain costs of irrigation equipment, fuel conversions, and reservoirs, And while the Alabama Department of Revenue will issue any tax credits, ADAI is responsible for collecting completed irrigation questionnaires from producers seeking a tax credit for 2019. – Southeast AgNet

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