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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

3Rivers to have branch in Decatur

Staff, news services

3Rivers Federal Credit Union is building a new branch in Decatur, officials announced Tuesday. The 2,800-square-foot office will be at 804 S. 13th St.

Plans call for the new office to open next spring. In the meantime, 3Rivers will open a temporary office at 1620 Morningstar Blvd. in early August.

The new branch will cost about $1.5 million and include six full-time employees. 3Rivers staff specializing in mortgage, business and investment services will also meet with members at the Decatur branch, spokeswoman Melissa Shaw said in an email.

Although this will be the credit union's first Adams County location, almost 800 Adams County residents are already members. Anyone living, working, volunteering or attending school in Adams County qualifies for membership.

1st overseas Tesla factory in Shanghai

Electric car producer Tesla says it will build its first factory outside the United States in Shanghai.

Tesla says an agreement signed Tuesday with a Shanghai city government agency calls for construction to start in the near future. It says production would begin three years after that and eventually increase to 500,000 vehicles annually.

The announcement comes amid mounting U.S.-Chinese trade tensions and follows Beijing's decision in April to end restrictions that required foreign automakers to work through joint ventures with local partners.

Southwest cutting peanuts from flights

Southwest Airlines will stop giving away peanuts on flights next month, ending a tradition that goes back decades.

The airline said Tuesday it was pulling peanuts from all flights because of concern for passengers with peanut allergies. They will be replaced by pretzels and, on some longer flights, other free snacks.

Southwest says the decision follows months of deliberation and isn't tied to any particular incident involving passengers with allergies.

No snack is more closely identified with a U.S. airline. Over the years, Southwest used the humble legume in marketing campaigns.

A blog on its website is called Nuts About Southwest.

Some of Southwest's other early quirks, like dressing flight attendants in hot pants, went out decades ago, but the peanuts survived. Until now.

Cuba to end freeze on eateries, B&Bs

A 16-month freeze on new private restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts will end in December when Cuba's communist government implements new regulations meant to prevent tax evasion and the accumulation of wealth, state media said Tuesday.

Cuban officials who announced the change said that the private sector had become a necessary part of the island's state-dominated economy but required tighter controls.

A surge in tourism after the 2015 normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations fueled the rise of a prosperous Cuban upper-middle class whose businesses often depended on small-scale bribery and the purchase of goods stolen from state-run enterprises.

The new prosperity, often funded with capital from Cuban emigres overseas, prompted resentment and complaints from the hundreds of thousands of Cubans who still live on state salaries averaging $30 a month.