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Top News Links: Monday, April 27

James Bond’s automaker coming to state?

British luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin is looking to build a new factory and said it has had "expressions of interest" from several states in the USA, and other countries, including the UK. "It is not decided yet but clearly with our arrangement with Daimler it would make sense to look closely at the possible synergies of working close to them in Alabama," Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer told Autocar. Daimler already builds the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and GL-Class SUVs in Tuscaloosa and Aston Martin has said it is keen to add an SUV to its model range. – AM Online

Visitors studying Montgomery’s green landfill

Officials with the Horry County, Florida, Solid Waste Authority are scheduled to be in Montgomery through Wednesday this week touring a plant that may be the answer to the county’s shrinking landfill space. Danny Knight, executive director for the solid waste authority, will be among the attendees to meet with officials from Montgomery and those with Florida-based Infinitus Energy. The company pegs itself as “a revolutionary company, focused on converting waste to recovered raw materials and energy,” according to its website. – Myrtle Beach Online

‘Mockingbird’ performances saved by author

Harper Lee has rescued a production of her classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” after a dispute threatened to end performances of the play in the author’s hometown. The stage version was set to lose its performance rights in Monroeville after company Dramatic Publishing decided not to extend the licence after 2015. Luckily, the 88-year-old writer has now saved the play by setting up her own not-for-profit company that will produce stage versions of the book in the city. – The Independent

Wholesale beer group hates new bill

Alabama Wholesale Beer Association issued a statement Friday afternoon protesting a bill in the Alabama Legislature that would permit breweries and brewpubs to sell to-go beer in Madison County. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Patterson, R-Meridianville, is supported by the Alabama Brewers Guild. Currently, breweries and brewpubs are allowed to sell beer only for consumption on the premises. Alabama consumers are not allowed to buy beer at a brewery to take home. – AL.com

Relic from Huntsville’s past uncovered

A relic from Huntsville's past was unearthed recently at the site of a future downtown apartment building. Earlier this month, workers digging near the corner of Jefferson Street and Holmes Avenue stumbled upon some cast iron railroad tracks that had been buried for decades. An architect who works nearby, Frank Nola, alerted developer Charlie Sealy III to the discovery. Sealy and his wife, Sasha, are building a large mixed-use apartment building called The Avenue on the property, which for about the past 40 years has been a public parking lot. – AL.com

Many unhappy with business phone service

Only a third of people in America's South are satisfied with the way businesses handle their phone calls, new research has revealed. The countrywide study of 2,234 consumers, conducted by audio branding specialist PH Media Group, discovered just 33 per cent of respondents are pleased with companies' phone manner. – News release

Regions announces dividend, stock repurchase

The Regions Financial Corporation Board of Directors Friday declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per common share and authorized an equity repurchase program for up to $875 million of the company’s common stock. Both proposed actions were previously announced on March 11 following the Federal Reserve's indication to Regions that it did not object to the company's capital plan and proposed capital actions as part of the 2015 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) process. – News release

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