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A German automotive supplier has announced an expansion of its operations in Alabama that will create nearly 80 new jobs. Eissmann Automotive, in a news release Monday, said it is putting $3.4 million into new equipment for its new production line at its facility in Pell City. The company also said it expects to hire an additional 79 people to support the production in St. Clair County. Eissmann Automotive supplies car interior, trim components, shifter modules and other parts for Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jeep, Tesla, Porsche, Volkswagon and other automakers.

Four former officers at a north Alabama prison have been charged with bribery and ethics law violations. The Alabama Department of Corrections said the four men face charges of using their public positions for financial gain and bribery. The four had worked as correctional officers at Limestone Correctional Facility but resigned last month. The prison system released few details about the charges. However, court documents show at least some of the accusations relate to contraband being brought into the prison.

A judge has dismissed a sexual abuse case against a former Alabama legislator after the prosecutors said the woman requested the charges be dismissed.  Circuit Judge J.R Gaines entered the order dismissing the criminal case against Perry Hooper, Jr. at the request of prosecutors. Prosecutor wrote in a Monday court filing that the woman indicated she wanted to drop the charges. Hooper had been accused of groping the woman as he left a downtown Montgomery restaurant in August. Hooper had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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ENTERPRISE — Navigator Development Group Inc. has been honored by the U.S. Department of Labor for the fifth consecutive year with a 2022 HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion Program Award. Navigator was among 835 companies nationwide recognized with the only veteran employment award at the federal level.

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