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Top News Links: Tuesday, August 5

Look busy, Hyundai chairman coming

Hyundai Motor Group chairman Chung Mong-koo is headed to the United States, where the Korean auto giant recalled more than 1.3 million vehicles last week. Officials say after a stop in California Chung plans to look around Alabama’s Hyundai plant and its affiliate, Kia Motors, in Georgia. – Korea Herald

G-P invests big in Brewton

Georgia-Pacific will invest more than $375 million in a south Alabama plant that produces linerboard and cartonboard used in making boxes. The investment will make the plant in Brewton more energy efficient, G-P said. The project will modernize the plant’s boiler system. – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hubbard’s chief of staff resigns

Josh Blades, House Speaker Mike Hubbard's chief of staff, will be stepping down effective Friday. In a statement from the Speaker's office, Blades, citing his growing family, said he was pursuing opportunities in the private sector. Blades, 31, served as chief of staff for Hubbard since 2011. – Montgomery Advertiser

Hospital drops BC/BS contract

Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center in Anniston is terminating its Blue Cross and Blue Shield contract Sept. 12. In a statement, Blue Cross said customers will have “other hospital options that will be covered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, all very close by.” – WIAT-TV

Coal-fired litigation over for now

Mississippi Power will convert from coal to natural gas or retire several units at plants in south Mississippi and Greene County, Alabama, as part of an agreement to end litigation over construction of a coal-fired power plant in Kemper County. – Associated Press

Walter Energy, port finalizing deal

Walter Energy Inc. has reached an agreement in principle with the Alabama State Port Authority to sell both the Blue Creek Terminal located in the Port of Mobile and an additional parcel of more than 60 acres located less than a mile from the Blue Creek Terminal. The Port Authority will pay $25 million. – Techsonian

MedWorksRx, Proxsys Rx merge

MedWorksRx and Proxsys Rx will merge and operate under the Proxsys Rx name, officials say. Proxsys Rx becomes the leading Integrated Outpatient Pharmacy Provider in the U.S. healthcare market. The company is focused on owning, managing and integrating outpatient pharmacies. – News release

Supply, logistics summit Aug. 19

The third annual Global Supply Chain & Logistics Summit will be held Tuesday, Aug. 19, at The Wynfrey Hotel (Hyatt Regency) in Birmingham. Participants will be schooled on how to improve their companies’ efficiency and profitability from the experiences of executives sharing best practices. – Made In Alabama

QB has new way to mop up

Two Maids & A Mop, the nation’s fastest growing residential cleaning company, has signed a marketing partnership with Alabama football great Jay Barker. The agreement between Barker and Birmingham-based Two Maids & A Mop will focus on finding potential investors for the franchise. – News release

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