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Top News Links: Thursday, August 9

Toyota, Honda project U.S. production upticks

Japanese automakers Toyota and Honda, both of which have major operations in Alabama, have announced plans for increased U.S. production. — Birmingham News

No deadline yet for Jefferson workout plan

Federal judge delays deadline for Jefferson County workout plan; judge says $4.23 billion case is too complicated for quick action, despite pleas of major creditor Assured Guaranty asking for quick action. — Reuters

New leader for Gulf oil spill claims center

Patrick Juneau, who has replaced Ken Feinberg at helm of Gulf oil spill claim center, urges those damaged by spill to make claims and make new claims if earlier ones were rejected. — Mobile Press-Register

Montgomery catching up to Birmingham as state's largest city

With 2,400 new residents in Montgomery, compared to just 176 newcomers in Birmingham, the capital city is making a run to claim the biggest title; Huntsville, Auburn and Tuscaloosa also grew by more than 1,000; Mobile down slightly, in latest census bureau estimates. — Birmingham Business Journal

Electronics taken from Birmingham offices

Two Birmingham office complexes were burglarized last night, with thieves targeting computers and other electronics; some 200 offices were burglarized in one building. — Birmingham News

Corn dried up, soybeans thriving

Soybeans are staying green in northern Alabama, despite a drought that has killed corn crops; cotton would have survived, experts says. — Huntsville Times

Corps seeks renewable energy providers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has requested proposals for renewable energy, a set of projects expected to total $7 billion, and is looking to large and small companies as providers; the request comes from the Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville. — PR Newswire

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