Top Headlines: Regions reports earnings, Construction begins on Full Moon

Regions reports earnings of 37 cents per share for quarter
Regions Financial Corp. on Friday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $406 million. The Birmingham-based bank said it had earnings of 37 cents per share. The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 25 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 38 cents per share. – AP

Tax credit expands apprenticeships in Alabama
It’s not often you get to help build a new version of your old high school, but that’s exactly what Clint White is doing. He’s part of the Marathon Electrical Contractors crew installing the security system for the new Athens High School set to open later this month. But before he was helping assemble classrooms, he taught in one. – WAAY

Construction to begin on 280 Full Moon location
Full Moon Bar-B-Que has begun renovations on its U.S. 280/Inverness location. The company expects the project on the building, located at 4635 U.S. 280, to be completed by April. The location has been closed since a fire damaged it last May. Demolition on the 3,600-square-foot location started last October. –

Airport event among several to help employees impacted by shutdown
An event Friday at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is among several initiatives by financial institutions aimed at helping federal employees affected by the ongoing government shutdown. Avadian Credit Union will be in the airport’s Event Room Friday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. offering loans at 0 percent APR for federal employees to help pay bills and necessities during the shutdown. –

Food bank in Montgomery commits to helping furloughed workers
People across the country are feeling the brunt of the longest federal shutdown in U.S  history, that is now on day 27, leaving tens of thousands of people without a paycheck. In the Capitol City, the Montgomery Area Food Bank is helping furloughed families get through the rough days. Officials say they are committed to serving local furloughed workers until it’s all over. – ANN

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By siding with Pelosi, Jones may be cutting incumbency short
After Doug Jones scored an upset win in the Alabama Senate race in 2017, elated Democrats nationwide dreamed of winning in other deeply red corners of the country. Mr. Jones seemed to offer a model, rejecting labels like progressive or conservative and calling himself a “Doug Jones Democrat.” Now, as the longest government shutdown in history rolls into a fourth week, Mr. Jones finds himself holding the same position as Nancy Pelosi, the liberal House speaker: Reopen the government, then negotiate on border security. – New York Times

Nissan cutting up to 700 jobs at Mississippi truck plant
Nissan Motor says it’s cutting up to 700 contract workers at its Mississippi assembly plant, citing slow sales for Titan pickup trucks and vans. The company employs 6,400 employees and contractors in Canton, Mississippi. The move follows Nissan’s December announcement that it’s cutting 1,000 jobs at two Mexican factories. – CNBC

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