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Top News Links: Thursday, August 1

Brazil buyer or nobody for ThyssenKrupp, rival says

The chairman of U.S. steelmaker Nucor Corp., once a bidder for ThyssenKrupp's Americas plants, says that Brazilian Siderurgica Nacional is the only firm left in the market for the practically new plants. — Businessweek

McCutcheon's bid to topple campaign donation limits headed for Supreme Court

Alabama Republican Shaun McCutcheon's lawsuit to end limits on individuals' total donations to candidates is slated for fall review before U.S. Supreme Court. — The New Yorker

State's corporate donor limits end this week

New state legislation takes effect this week that ends a $500 limit on corporate contributions to candidates, but so far, no big donations have been recorded, the Associated Press reports. — Tuscaloosa News

Eissmann to expand in Pell City

Auto supplier Eissmann North American has announced plans for a $4.2 million expansion in Pell City, with plans to hire an additional 35 workers. — Birmingham News

Energen announces good results in Permian fields

Energen's Permian Basin exploration unit has announced good results from three test wells. — Energen PR

Hibbett, Alabaster city officials expect big impact from distribution center

Hibbett Sporting Goods' new distribution center in Alabaster should bring some 150 jobs to the city, company and city officials say. — Birmingham News

Oxford annexes more interstate access property

Oxford has annexed a 411-acre parcel at Interstate 20 and U.S. 431, its fourth interstate access area, with hopes of increasing  sales tax revenue, but also cutting neighboring Anniston out of the major access possibilities. — Anniston Star

Montgomery financial rating at risk

Moody's Investors Service announced Wednesday it is considering downgrading the City of Montgomery's Aa2 rating. — Reuters

Company out, city in to manage Selma hotel

Selma city officials and volunteers will take over running the St. James Hotel, as an Atlanta-based management company bows out of its contract there. — Selma Times-Journal

Federal funds available to make homes safer in eight Alabama counties

Gov. Robert Bentley announced that $900,000 in federal funds is available to help coastal residents make their homes safer from hurricanes and residents of six interior counties to make their homes safer from tornadoes. — Governor's office PR

Hyundai marks sale of 1 millionth Santa Fe

Hyundai's Santa Fe has reached the 1 million mark in the U.S., the Korean automaker announced. — New Delhi Business Standard

New bridge could block access to popular Orange Beach restaurant

Doc's Seafood Shack along Wolf Bay in Orange Beach would be cut off by a proposed new bridge, but restaurant owner still thinks bridge is a good idea. — Gulf Coast News Today

Advance Publications lays off Cleveland reporters

Advance Publications, which took three of Alabama's biggest daily newspapers to three-day-a-week publication and decimated reporting staffs here and in New Orleans, is now laying off reporters at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, another of its major publications. — Columbia Journalism Review

Carnes to lead federal appeals court

Ed Carnes will become the new chief judge of the federal appeals court, replacing Joel Dubina. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Sterne, Agee adds chief economist

Lindsey Piegza, formerly an economist with FTN Financial, has been named to a newly created post as chief economist with Birmingham-based investment firm  Sterne, Agee & Leach Inc.. — Sterne, Agee PR

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