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COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi bank's assets will grow to more than $1 billion as it buys an Alabama bank. BankFirst Capital Corp. of Columbus announced this week that it was buying FNB Bancshares of Central Alabama, based in Tuscaloosa. Chief Financial Officer Luke Yeatman declines to say how much BankFirst is paying or if the price is being paid in stock, cash or both. Both banks are privately held. The combined bank will have more than $1.2 billion in assets and 22 offices in Mississippi and Alabama.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A new wave of black law enforcement officers and court officials elected in the midterms could help bring changes to the U.S. justice system. A Texas county elected 17 judges who are black women, and five counties in North Carolina elected African-American sheriffs for the first time. In Alabama, voters in the state's most populous county elected a black district attorney in Birmingham and a black sheriff for the first time.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Honda says its newest sports utility vehicle will be made at a plant in Alabama. The company said in a news release that the Passport will debut Nov. 27, ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. It's expected to hit the market early next year. The Passport will be made in Lincoln in Talladega County.
CLANTON, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say divers have recovered the fuselage of a Georgia law enforcement helicopter that crashed into a river in Alabama, but they found no survivors. The Chilton County Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page that dives were suspended Friday night due to limited visibility. The Federal Aviation Administration says the Bell OH-58 helicopter crashed around 1:15 p.m. It was unclear if anyone other than the pilot was aboard.
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