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Top News Links: Thursday, August 7

Hyundai chairman likes our passion

"Alabama is the place that first manufactured the NF Sonata within U.S. The growth that we have made in the U.S. market over the past 10 years couldn't have been accomplished without the passion and effort that we devoted to producing the first Sonata here," Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo said at Hyundai Motor's Alabama plant on Wednesday. – Korea Times

Bolta US breaks ground today

Auto supplier Bolta US Inc. will break ground today on a $50 million plant in the Tuscaloosa Airport Industrial Park that will produce chrome-plated plastic parts. The company plans to employ more than 350 people at the facility, its first in the U.S., by 2018. Construction is expected to be complete by mid-2015. – AL.com

Regions forms financial services group

Regions Financial Corporation Wednesday announced the formation of a new corporate and investment banking Financial Services Group. Tom Dierdorff has been appointed senior vice president and group head of Financial Services and managing director of Regions Securities LLC1. – News release

Abortion law ruled unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson Wednesday ruled an Alabama law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional, saying that it poses an undue burden on women’s right to abortion. – AL.com

Muskogee Tech expanding in Atmore

The old Brantley’s Tire building in Atmore is being retrofitted to pave the way for an expansion of Muskogee Technology into large-scale metal fabrication. The building should be up and running in one to two months and will provide work for high-end welders, machine operators and fitters, adding about 20 to 30 jobs. – Atmore News

Ex-trustee accuses Boyd of nepotism

Alabama State University president Gwendolyn Boyd has potentially violated the school's anti-nepotism policy by providing a contract job to a friend, according to former ASU trustee Donald Watkins. He says Boyd gave Dr. Terri Hackett a $5,000-per-month contract position despite a hiring freeze. – Montgomery Observer

Talladega Grille unveiled today

The new Talladega Grille, themed after NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track – Talladega Superspeedway – will be unveiled Thursday at 3:30 p.m. as part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated wing at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. – News release

PPG donates to Rocket Center

The PPG Industries Foundation announced Wednesday it recently provided a $10,000 grant to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to fund scholarships for the space museum's Aviation Challenge programs. – AL.com

Practice Insight has transition help

Leading EDI software developer and claims processing provider Practice Insight and the majority of members in the Association of Independent Medical Software Value Added Resellers have aligned to help support providers with legacy practice management systems seeking to make the transition to ICD-10. – News release

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