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Six Hundred and fifty new jobs are coming to Tuscaloosa County.

Governor Robert Bentley announced that Samvardhana Motherson Group plans to build a new $150 million automotive supplier plant in the area.

The new 700,000 square foott facility in Tuscaloosa will produce painted bumpers, rocker panels, spoilers, interior door panels and other parts. This plant will supply Mercedes Benz U.S. International plant in Vance.

The descendants of Alabama Creeks forced to walk the Trail of Tears are urging Alabama's governor not to sign a gaming agreement with a tribe they say built a casino on sacred land.

The Muscogee** Nation of Oklahoma sent Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley a June letter urging him never to sign a compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

The Poarch Band built a hotel and bingo casino on tribal land in Wetumpka. The letter came after some legislators suggested a gambling compact as a revenue source for the state.

Tuscaloosa County officials have approved larger tax breaks for Mercedes-Benz to help offset expansion costs at the automaker's plant in Vance.

The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority agreed Thursday to increase the value of tax abatements granted to Mercedes to about $28.1 million. That's up from $12.5 million in tax abatements for the automaker that were approved in 2011.

  

Alabamians have until Thursday to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for coverage. That deadline applies to people who want coverage by March first. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says rural communities especially have benefited from the Act. He says by reducing the number of uninsured people it benefits the community as a whole…

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Mercedes-Benz plans to add 200 production jobs at its operations in Tuscaloosa County.

Al.com reports the company says the move is spurred by customer demand for its vehicles. The new jobs come on top of an estimated 1,400 positions that had already been announced in recent years.

The state's worker training agency plans to post ads for the jobs on its website and in newspapers this fall and winter. The jobs are expected to be filled in 2015.

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The Mercedes-Benz car factory in Alabama says it's working with health officials and contacting employees after a worker was discovered with an active case of tuberculosis.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said Friday a worker at the plant in Vance had tested positive for the infectious pulmonary disease.

The factory has about 3,400 employees, and the company isn't saying where the infected person works. But Mercedes says it's notifying all employees about the discovery.

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A judge has ruled Mercedes-Benz U.S. International violated labor laws while dealing with employees interested in forming a labor union.

An administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board ordered MBUSI to revise rules in its employee handbook governing the solicitation and distribution of materials at its auto manufacturing plant in Vance.

The United Auto Workers accused Mercedes managers of stymieing pro-union employees' efforts to distribute information about the union.

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Nick Saban confirms he and a partner are working to open a Mercedes-Benz dealership in the Birmingham area.  Al.com reports the Alabama football coach said a statement Monday he's "honored to join the Mercedes family" and "extremely excited" about the business venture planned for Irondale.

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Republicans fighting a yearslong unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture in the days leading up to last week's vote. Workers rejected the United Auto Workers in a close vote, so attention turns now to whether the GOP can fulfill its promises that keeping the union out means more jobs will come rolling in. Regardless of what political consequences, if any, Republicans would face if that fails to happen, the Volkswagen vote established a playbook for denying the UAW its goal of expanding into foreign-owned plants in the region.

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Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts and technical experts from across the U.S. are meeting in Alabama.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/18Thpic ) the Mercedes-Benz Club of America chose Alabama for its StarTech 2013 event, which brings together experts in Mercedes restoration, maintenance and performance for seminars and workshops. The four-day event began this weekend and runs through Tuesday.

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A major union is trying to organize workers at Alabama's Mercedes-Benz plant near Tuscaloosa.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that the United Auto Workers has created a website -- uawvance.com -- targeting workers at the plant in Vance.

Al.com reports that the UAW is trying to organize workers at the 3,000-employee plant in an effort supported by the German union IG Metall.

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Gov. Robert Bentley will join other officials in Cullman on Monday for the groundbreaking of an expansion at an automotive parts manufacturing company.

A spokesman for Bentley says about 200 jobs will be created by the expansion at REHAU. The company announced the 150,000-square foot expansion in June. The expansion will allow the company to develop and produce bumper assemblies for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and M-Class vehicles.

When the company announced the project, it set the first round of production for mid-2013.

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