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September 2021 Group Watch: Mike Hubbard Seeking Early Release

Attorneys for Mike Hubbard, former Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, filed a request for his early release from prison after serving 12 months of a 28-month sentence. Hubbard received a split sentence, with 28 months in prison followed by eight years of probation. He is not eligible for

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August 2021 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

Thanks to the Delta variant, COVID-19 has come roaring back in Alabama, prompting Governor Ivey to issue a new emergency order late last week to ensure healthcare workers and hospitals in particular have everything they need to battle this recent wave. And yet, despite the virus numbers, positive economic development news keeps popping up all

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August 2021 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

@carolinebeckADN The committee to study the state’s response to the pandemic was meant to meet today but concerns over COVID have pushed the meeting to next week. #alpolitics

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August 2021 Group Watch: Governor Kay Ivey Issues “Limited” COVID-19 Emergency Order

Governor Kay Ivey issued what is described as a “limited, narrowly-focused” state of emergency declaration that she said is intended to help hospital and healthcare workers respond to the surging COVID-19 pandemic. The governor’s office said the proclamation would relax regulatory burdens to allow expanded capacity in healthcare facilities, provide

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August 2021 Group Watch: Alabama’s Business Climate Scores Near Top in New Rankings

Business Facilities, a national economic development publication, ranked Alabama’s business climate among the top states in an analysis evaluating key economic categories. Alabama earned the No. 5 spot in the magazine’s flagship business climate ranking, while also earning high marks for workforce training, manufacturing employment and output and the horsepower of

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August 2021 Group Watch: Hanwha Cimarron LLC to open New Manufacturing Plant

Hanwha Cimarron LLC, a maker of filament-wound carbon fiber tanks and pressure vessels, announced plans to invest $130 million to open a new manufacturing facility in Opelika, where it will create 261 new jobs. The new facility will help fuel the company’s growth in the carbon overwrap pressure vessel market,

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August 2021 Group Watch: Three Companies Team Up for $40M Plant in Alabama

Three companies with more than a century of experience in the U.S. steel and auto industries are teaming up in a joint venture called Madison Metal Processing that will operate a new, $40-million factory near Huntsville. The companies collaborating in the venture are Toyota Tsusho America Inc., Southern Mobility Products

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August 2021 Group Watch: $120M AUBix Data Center to Become Economic Catalyst

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced that AUBix LLC plans to open a $120-million data center in Auburn that will benefit communities across Alabama by providing a technological edge to businesses and individuals plus enhanced access to high speed internet. Construction has begun on the firm’s new 40,000-square-foot facility just outside

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August 2021 Group Watch: Manufacture Alabama Endorses Attorney General Steve Marshall

Manufacture Alabama “proudly announced their full endorsement of Attorney General Steve Marshall for re-election.” George Clark, President of Manufacture Alabama, said the endorsement is based upon Marshall’s tireless work to protect consumers and his understanding of industry and the needs of manufacturers. Clark praised Marshall for pushing back against harmful regulations and

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August 2021 Group Watch: Trussville Lawmaker to Lead House Education Budget Committee

Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon has appointed Rep. Danny Garrett, a Republican from Trussville, as chair of the House Ways and Means Education Budget Committee. Garrett replaces Bill Poole who resigned to become state finance director. Garrett served as vice chair of the committee, which plays a key role in

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