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Top News Links: Monday, Aug.19

Court hearings on teacher dues, Drummond case slated in Montgomery

A panel of the federal appeals court is slated to hear arguments on several Alabama cases in Montgomery this week, including a case to determine whether teacher association dues can be deducted from paychecks and another over murders related to Drummond Co. operations in Colombia. — Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Strike looming at Hyundai's Korean plant

Korean Hyundai workers are threatening to strike over financial matters, including a payout due for a record profit year and bonuses for outstanding employees. — Euronews

Agriculture is big business in Alabama

Ag commissioner says farms and forests generate $70 billion, about a third of the total state economy. — Anniston Star

Trades training programs drawing students in Mobile

Alabama Industrial Development Training program's skilled trades programs are drawing full classrooms, officials say. — Mobile Press-Register

Vickers named dean at UAB med school

Dr. Selwyn Vickers has been named senior vice president and dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham medical school; Vickers served on the school's faculty for six years, before joining the University of Minnesota as chair of surgery. — Birmingham News

Road builders, contractors, bankers shuffle personnel

Billy Norrell's move from the Alabama Road Builders Association to take helm of Alabama Associated General Contractors triggers chain reaction affecting those associations, bankers and the House Speaker's office. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Boeing shows off laser weapon for Pentagon

Boeing Co. says its new weapon, designed to bring down drones, missiles and other threats with a laser beam, has met the power threshold set by the Pentagon. — Huntsville Times

Business group endorses judicial candidates, promotes business-education alliance

The Business Council of Alabama has announced its preferences in upcoming judicial elections, and they're all Republicans; group also announced new push to overlap business and education policy. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street; WNCF TV

Von Maur name appears at new Birmingham location

Birmingham's newest department store, Iowa-based Von Maur, is officially on the skyline as the store's name was recently added to the exterior of the Riverchase Galleria shopping center where it will open in November. – Birmingham News

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