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Top News Links: Friday, Aug. 5

Brown Precision Inc. plans $7M Atmore facility

Huntsville-based Brown Precision Inc. plans to invest $7 million to open a manufacturing facility in Atmore, creating more than 100 jobs. The Atmore facility is expected to eventually employ more than 100 workers in activities such as CNC-based manufacturing, custom fabrication and component coating. – WPMI

Evonik completes expansion to make more methylate

German specialty chemicals manufacturer Evonik Industries has completed the capacity expansion works at its sodium methylate plant in Mobile. Methylate is used in pharmaceuticals, polymers and agrochemicals synthesis, but the demand for this chemical is growing, as it is now being used in large-scale biodiesel production accounting for more than 80% of the biodiesel produced in North America. – Chemicals Technology

Back-to-school tax holiday weekend starts today

Stores all across the state are gearing up for the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. In fact, it's the third busiest time of the year for stores after Black Friday and Christmas holiday shopping. Alabama's 11th annual sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. – WBRC

Judge dismisses suit by suspended Justice Moore

A federal judge has refused to overturn the suspension of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, ruling Thursday that doing so would improperly interfere with the state judicial proceeding that could result in Moore's ouster for an order he issued about same-sex marriage. – ABC

Bus tour gives New Yorkers a taste of Alabama

With small slices of Belle Chevre cheesecake, the Alabama Tourism Department put together a bus tour to show people in New York what a vacation to Alabama would be like. This Alabama takeover was hosted in several spots around Manhattan, with each stop set up to allow New Yorkers and tourists in New York to experience a different aspect of Alabama. – Gulf Coast Today

Craft beer makers hopping mad over proposed ABC rule

Members of Free the Hops, a grassroots organization created to support craft beer in Alabama, are now speaking out about a proposed Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rule they say could infringe on customers' privacy. It would require the breweries to report to the ABC off-premise beer purchasers' names, phone numbers, birthdays, and addresses, subject to ABC verification. – WHNT

OSHA cites GD Copper with $196,900 in fines

Copper tubing manufacturer GD Copper is facing nearly $200,000 in fines for exposing workers to risks ranging from falls to electric shock. OSHA cited GD Copper's Pine Hill facility for 14 violations worth a combined $196,900 in potential penalties. – AL.com

State’s largest cities can boast low cost of living

Three of Alabama largest cities, Huntsville, Montgomery and Mobile, are among the top 25 places in the nation with the lowest cost of living, according to the website Niche, with the Rocket City and state capital cracking the top 10. Birmingham, the state’s biggest city by population, made it into the top 30. – Alabama News Center

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