Top Headlines: UAB honored for diversity, inclusion; Cryptocurrency trader expands into Alabama

UAB honored for commitment to diversity, inclusion
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is the only Alabama university to be recognized with a 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine. UAB has been a HEED Award recipient for four years. – Insight Into Diversity

Black Belt lags in labor force numbers
Labor force participation numbers in Alabama’s Black Belt counties lagged behind the country and the rest of the state in 2019, an and University of Alabama Education Policy Center report says. The numbers were more than 10% below the national average. –

Cryptocurrency trader expands into Alabama
Binance.US, a cryptocurrency exchange, is now operating in Alabama. Alabama was one of 13 states not included in the Binance.US launch last year. — Finance Magnates 

New pole company in Tallapoosa County
Dadeville Pole Co. will invest $5 million after buying 23 acres in Thweatt Industrial Park. The facility, expected to be operational by the end of the year, will produce power poles and related products. – Made in Alabama 

Dollar General awards $100k in literacy grants
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded nearly $100,000 to 35 Alabama schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations so support literacy programs. –

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Hyundai donates masks to Selma schools
Hyundai is donating 6,000 masks to the Selma Public Schools. The donation includes 5,000 disposable masks and 1,000 reusable masks. – Alabama News Network

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