Top Headlines: Mercedes-Benz breaks ground; I-10 bridge timetable updated

Mercedes-Benz breaks ground on battery factory
Mercedes-Benz makes good on its previously announced $1 billion investment to bring electric vehicle manufacturing in the US – starting with breaking ground on a new battery factory Friday in Alabama. The German automaker held a ceremony to launch the construction of the factory, located seven miles from the Mercedes-Benz vehicle production site in Tuscaloosa. – Electrek

New top Daimler executives are fans of Crimson Tide
At least one profile of Daimler’s new CEO-in-waiting Ola Källenius points out an important fact: He’s a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide. And he’s not the only one. Markus Schäfer, member of the divisional board of Mercedes-Benz cars, production and supply chain, said as much Friday at the groundbreaking of Mercedes-Benz’s new electric battery plant in Bibb County Friday. –

Columbus Day: Walmart open, but other things may be closed
Columbus Day is a federal holiday, meaning banks and other businesses, as well as most government offices, are closed. The same can’t be said for Walmart, open regular hours on Columbus Day. Walmart Supercenters will remain open 24-hours a day; other stores will also have regular hours. –

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Department of Transportation sees 2020 as I-10 bridge start
As the effort to develop a new I-10 bridge over the Mobile River pushes forward, both the U.S. Department of Transportation and its state counterpart want to make sure small players have a shot at getting a piece of the massive project. Meanwhile, the current timetable indicates work on the project will begin in 2020, not 2019 as had previously been projected. –

Madison County buys land for government service center
North Alabama’s largest county is spending $3 million to buy land where a former supermarket stood with plans to build a county service center. Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong tells WHNT-TV the decision was sparked by a lack of parking spaces around the current Madison County Courthouse in downtown Huntsville. Official plan for the 7.7-acre site on the main Huntsville thoroughfare of Memorial Parkway to host the county tax assessor, tax collector, license commissioner, probate judge and possibly other departments. – AP

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