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Top News Links: Tuesday, Aug. 2

Lear Operations to expand in Tuscaloosa, add 500 jobs

A Tuscaloosa County auto supplier with 140 workers plans to spend almost $28 million and hire over 500 additional workers in a dramatic expansion of its Vance operations. Lear Operations Corp., which now makes auto seats for Mercedes-Benz's C-Class sedans, is expanding manufacturing operations and workforce to meet the demands for seats for Mercedes' GLE and GLS sport utility vehicles, according to the Tuscaloosa News. The new plant will be operational in 2019. – AL.com

GM&C wins contract to study state’s aging prisons

The Alabama Department of Corrections has a nearly half-million-dollar contract with an engineering and architecture firm to study the state’s aging prisons. Information gathered could be used to make the case for new, larger facilities. Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc. in Montgomery is doing a statewide audit of ADOC buildings and their suitability in supporting current bed capacity. – TimesDaily

Louisiana chef high on Alabama oysters

On a recent night at Seaworthy, a new oyster bar in the CBD, iced metal baskets held 10 types of oysters ready for the shucker’s knife. Four were harvested from different Gulf Coast waters and there were three each from the East Coast and West Coast. That’s an impressive variety by any standard, but the chefs behind Seaworthy also hope to hook diners on a wider array of fish and other shellfish as their new venture sets sail. – New Orleans Advocate

Oxford Pharmaceuticals cuts ribbon, readies for production

Oxford Pharmaceuticals held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Birmingham Monday, having invested $29 million to build a facility to manufacture generic drugs. The facility aims for 25 employees at the start of production with plans for 60 a year from that point. It is located on 24 acres in the Jefferson Metropolitan Park at Lakeshore along Lakeshore Parkway. – WTVM

Death at Redstone Arsenal was incoming general

The person who was found dead Sunday at Redstone Arsenal was set to be the new commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. Maj. Gen. John Rossi, 55, was found dead Sunday, according to garrison officials. Circumstances of his death are being investigated. – WAAY

Reasons cited for indefinite delay of CVCC merger

A pending merger of Chattahoochee Valley Community College with two other Alabama institutions has been delayed indefinitely. A statement from Chancellor Mark Heinrich Monday cited more work to be done with the U.S. Department of Education, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. This is the third change in the consolidation timeline of CVCC with Central Alabama Community College and Southern Union State Community College. – Ledger Enquirer

Birmingham mayor wants to draw DNC in 2020

Birmingham might actually have a shot at the Democratic National Convention in 2020, Mayor William Bell told reporters Monday. Bell intends to pitch Birmingham to be considered for the next round of conventions in four years. In the bid for the 2016 convention, a party official noted Birmingham's lack of five-star hotels and suites. Bell cited several hotel projects that should be done by the time the party is considering its next convention. – AL.com

Somerby Senior Living acquires Auburn properties

Somerby Senior Living, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Partners, has announced its first acquisition in Auburn under a new brand: Summer Village. Formerly owned by East Alabama Medical Center, the “Flower Houses” have now been named Summer Village Camellia Place, Summer Village Azalea Place and Summer Village Magnolia Place. – News release

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