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U.S. Chamber Conveys Spirit of Enterprise Awards to Senator Shelby, U.S. Reps. Palmer, Roby

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, receives U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award from U.S. Chamber Southeast Region Manager Brince Manning, third from right, during the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues breakfast on Wednesday. From left are: Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean; Business Council of Alabama …

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Manufacturing Jobs are Returning for High School Grads

Labor Department data show the lowest college-going rate since 2013, and a big drop for men, as job market strengthens, especially in manufacturing, the Wall Street Journal reported. Men who otherwise would likely attend community colleges are finding job opportunities in areas like manufacturing, said Alicia Sasser Modestino, an associate …

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Nasa Gets New Administrator

Huntsville’s Marshall Space Flight Center on Thursday got a new boss when the Senate voted 50-49 along party lines to confirm U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma as National Aeronautics and Space Administration administrator. All Senate Republicans voted to confirm Bridenstine and all the Democrats and both independents voted against …

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Dodd-Frank Rollback Goes to House

U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, and Doug Jones, D-Mountain Brook, voted Wednesday to pass bipartisan legislation that would reverse some of the regulations passed in the wake of the 2009 financial crisis. The Senate voted 67-31 to reverse portions of the law known as Dodd-Frank, the Associated Press reported. Alabama’s …

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Senator Shelby is Expected to Lead Appropriations Panel

Sen. Richard C. Shelby, the expected next chairman of the Appropriations Committee, will slide into the role with a short time frame to finish work before the new fiscal year. The current chairman, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., has announced his retirement effective in April after more than 45 years in …

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Administration to Impose Tariffs on Some Imported Metals

President Donald Trump said Thursday he will protect American metals production by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Trump said he will levy tariffs for “a long period of time” of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports, the Associated Press reported. “You will have protection …

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Manufacturing Stars Fall on Alabama

Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary joined National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons at BCA member Altec Inc. in Birmingham on Thursday for the Alabama segment of the NAM’s State of Manufacturing Tour. Timmons, Canary, and Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield …

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Manufacturers Tour Comes to Alabama and BCA Member Operation

The National Association of Manufacturers will be in Alabama next week as part of its 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour. The tour gives NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons the opportunity to meet leading manufacturers, elected officials, and parents and students, at manufacturing facilities. The eight-state tour begins Monday and …

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President Trump Touts Infrastructure Plan to Nation

A highlight in President Trump’s State of the Union this week was his promotion of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that would couple investments by state and local governments and private investors, with $200 billion in federal grants. “I am calling on the Congress to produce a bill that generates …

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WOTUS Decision a Win for Manufacturers

The Business Council of Alabama, the National Association of Manufacturers, and businesses across the United States praised Monday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that the long-standing Waters of the U.S. rule lawsuit belongs in federal district court, not in appellate court. “A regulation such as this one and its cost …

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