Top Headlines: Super Tuesday in Alabama, Coronavirus confirmed in Georgia

It’s Super Tuesday in Alabama, a great day to express yourself
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Congressman Bradley Byrne are voting in Mobile and Baldwin counties, respectively, Tuesday — where they each maintain a home base. This, following a last-minute poll push across the state. “We know there’s still a fair number of people who haven’t made up their minds, this helps people make up their minds,” said Congressman Byrne. “With that last phone call or that last text message.” – WKRG

Business weighs in heavily on amendment to appoint Board of Education members
Alabama voters heading to the polls in Tuesday’s primaries will have an unusual choice – whether to take away their own right to vote for an elected office. Amendment One, the only ballot initiative on Tuesday, would change the state constitution to end the elected state Board of Education and replace it with a board appointed by the governor. Alabama business and insurance interests, particularly ALFA, have poured nearly a half-million dollars into the campaign to approve the amendment. – Fox10TV

Coronavirus arrives next door in Fulton County
Monday evening Governor Brian Kemp confirmed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has positively identified two Georgia residents with the coronavirus. These are the first confirmed cases in the state. “Georgians should remain calm,” said Kemp. “We were ready for today. We’ve been preparing as you know for several weeks now, and so far every development has come forward just as we expected it would,” he added. – CBS

West Alabama hospital latest to announce it will close
It’s no secret, rural hospitals in Alabama are struggling to stay open. According to the Alabama Hospital Association, 88% of rural hospitals operate in the red. “It’s becoming impossible for hospitals, rural hospitals in particular, to continue to provide uncompensated care without having devastating financial repercussions,” Danne Howard with the AHA said. The Pickens County Medical Center in Carrollton is the latest to remove itself from life support. Hospital officials announcing its closing on March 6th because of financial issues. – WBRC

Bellhops looks to hire 100 in Birmingham area
Another company based on the gig-economy model is looking to hire in the Birmingham area. Moving company Bellhops is seeking more than 100 workers. The service provides a photo and star-ratingof the client’s movers, similar to Uber, 24 hours prior the move. According to the company, Bellhops team members earn on average $21 an hour, including tips and bonuses, and receive extra compensation for referrals and performance. –

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Hyundai racks up 16% sales gain in February
Hyundai Motor America’s expanded crossover lineup and stronger retail demand delivered another U.S. sales gain for the company in February, with volume rising 16 percent to 53,013, a record for the month. Hyundai said February retail sales increased 26 percent, driven by a 57 percent jump in crossover volume, led by the Tucson, up 58 percent, Kona, up 16 percent, and the new Palisade, with retail sales of 6,953. – AutoNews

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