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Top News Links: Tuesday, August 28

Money hunt

HealthSouth seeks depositions from Birmingham church pastors who received large donations in continuing effort to find out what happened to Richard Scrushy's money; he has been ordered to repay the company nearly $3 billion in restitution for an accounting scam. — Birmingham News

Firestone to expand TPO plant in the Shoals

Firestone Building Products announced plans yesterday to double the size of its plant in Tuscumbia, where it makes thermoplastic polyolefin roofing membranes. — Florence Times Daily

Alabama kits, Asian assembly for Mercedes

Mercedes M-Class and GL-Class kits will still be made in Alabama, but the company has announced plans for final assembly points in India, Thailand and Indonesia. — Auto World News

Feds monitoring municipal elections in three Alabama towns

The U.S. Department of Justice plans to monitor elections in Lanett, Phenix City and Reform, as well as in Phoenix, Arizona's, Maricopa County — because of Alabama and Arizona's strict new voter ID restrictions. — Gadsden Times

Fontaine expansion valued at $5 million

Fontaine Trailer Co. of Jasper has announced plans to expand its facilities and to create two new companies, Fontaine Intermodal and Fontaine Renew. — Area Development

ThyssenKrupp seeks separate buyers for plants

ThyssenKrupp still hopes to recoup all its investment in twin steel mills in Alabama and a slab plant in Brazil — some $8.8 billion total — but now expects to have separate buyers for each of the three units. — Mobile Press-Register

New Transomic develops products to aid biotech research

Transomic, a new company organized at Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute, creates genetic tools to aid study of the biology of disease. — Huntsville Times

Adtran stock slips

Huntsville's Adtran shares dropped almost to their three-year low on news that a competitor had followed the company's lead into the European phone market. — Businessweek

New leadership at Navistar

Dan Ustian out, Lewis Campbell in at truck and engine maker Navistar, which has three plants in Alabama, including the massive RSA building in the Shoals. — Global Post

Alabama plant a milestone for Tate & Lyle SVP

Talking with Food Navigator, Tate & Lyle SVP James Blunt, who has worked in many parts of the world for the British sweetener giant, said one of his biggest challenges was re-opening the company's Alabama plant this year — Food Navigator

Business and the tropics

Cotton prices rise as storm approaches; Iberiabank, Advanced Disposal join list of firms closing in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac; natural gas pipeline trims supply; Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange warns against looting and price gouging. — Reuters/Corporate/Agency PR

PACT ruling under consideration

A Montgomery County judge heard arguments about what's to become of Alabama's prepaid college tuition program, PACT, and said he would rule later. — Associated Press/al.com

White-Spunner completes Ocean Springs High School

Mobile-based White-Spunner Construction completed work on $37 million Ocean Springs (Mississippi) High School in time for the opening of school.  — White-Spunner PR

Woodworking business no retirement hobby for Mobile couple

Hastings Read has created enormous church windows and replacement windows for Middle Bay Lighthouse, since starting his retirement venture Oakleigh Custom Woodworks. — Woodworking Network

Bama bummer

Students learn they may not have seats for Alabama-Michigan game after all. — Tuscaloosa News

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