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Top News Links: Tuesday, August 21

Demo candidate switch in chief justice race

State Democratic party leaders removed perennial candidate Harry Lyon from the ballot for this fall's election, citing his incendiary comments about his opponent and about minority groups; Birmingham Judge Robert Vance has filed for the post. Filing closes at noon Wednesday. — Montgomery Advertiser

Judge reluctantly dismisses Infosys whistleblower suit

A civil suit brought by Alabamian Jay Palmer, claiming he faced retribution after questioning Indian outsourcer Infosys' use of U.S. visas, was dismissed Monday, but the judge said he did so only because Alabama's "at will" employment law doesn't prohibit the company's action toward Palmer. Infosys claimed victory in the case, but another  whistleblower suit has been filed in California and the company faces criminal scrutiny in Texas over visa use. — New York Times

Alabama loves pick-up trucks

While the most-often-stolen vehicle throughout the country is the Honda Accord, in Alabama, two different styles of pick-up trucks rank ahead of the Accord — the 1996 full-size Chevy pick-up and the 2000 Ford. — My Fox AL

Prattville High Point Town Center gets new leadership

Open air High Point Town Center, acquired earlier this year by Clearview Investments and Ball Ventures, has selected Montgomery-based Jim Wilson & Associates LLC to lease and manage the mall. — Prattville government

Low water stops shipping

An 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River near Greenville has been closed to barge traffic after a vessel ran aground in drought-caused low water. — Fox News

Hyundai chairman in U.S. to push sales

Chung Mong-koo, chairman of Korean automaker Hyundai, is visiting the U.S., hoping to counter rival Toyota's sales push; he is expected to visit the Hope Hull plant during trip. — Korea Herald

How will Airbus affect Mobile wages?

Experts debate whether Airbus' arrival will woo workers from other, lower-paying companies or raise wages industry-wide. — Mobile Press-Register

Honeywell tapped for $112 million tank contract

Honeywell has been awarded a $112 million U.S. Army contract for M1 tank engine overhaul; Honeywell spokesman says impact on work done in Alabama and Arizona will be determined later this fall. — Phoenix Business Journal

Tasty news in Tuscaloosa

Sixteen months after a tornado closed Krispy Kreme, the donut maker switched on the "hot" sign and began serving customers again. — al.com

Tannehill theatre complex sold

Colonial Properties Trust has sold its Tannehill theatre for $6.6 million to the owner of a similarly named theatre complex in McCalla. — Birmingham Business Journal

Lockheed Martin hopes for best in face of defense budget cuts

Lockheed Martin boasted of its thousand-person workforce and expertise at the Space & Missile Defense Conference in Huntsville. — Huntsville Times

Entrepreneurship conference slated in Huntsville

The annual TEDxHuntsville conference, linking first-time entrepreneurs with their successful counterparts, is slated for Sept. 9 in Huntsville. — Huntsville Times

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