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Top News Links: Tuesday, Aug. 30

Mpact now training students for trades in Montgomery

Now that the ribbon is cut and students are in the work centers and classrooms at Mpact in Montgomery, it’s a special day for principal Marsha Baugh. “It was a dream come true for these students,” she says. The school opened up at the old Montgomery Mall and gives students over 70,000 square feet of space to learn about different trades. – AlabamaNets.net

Aerojet Rocketdyne says relocation on schedule

Aerojet Rocketdyne leaders in town for the Space and Missile Defense Symposium have told WAAY that the company’s planned relocation of its Rocket Shop to Huntsville is moving right along. "It’ll happen over about the next 12 months we will double the size of our presence here in Huntsville, said Tyler Evans, the Rocket Shop vice president. – WAAY

Austal blames LCS for $63.5M loss in most recent period

Australian-based shipbuilder Austal has blamed its Littoral Combat Ship manufacturing operation in Mobile for a $63.5 million loss sustained during the most recent financial reporting period, according to the company's annual results released Monday. – AL.com

Some workers at Hyundai to be tested for tuberculosis

State health officials say they plan to test some employees of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama for tuberculosis after a identifying an infected worker at the automaker's plant in Montgomery. Testing and evaluations at the Hyundai plant will begin today. – Tri-City Herald

Excessive force suit against Huntsville officer revised

The attorney of an Indian man injured during an alleged police takedown last February in Alabama filed an amended complaint in federal court last week, removing the lawsuit's original negligence claim against the city of Madison. The revised complaint came in response to a renewed motion in June by city attorneys to dismiss the suit. – NBC

Volkswagen owners quick to choose buyback option

Given the choice of fixing diesel-cheating Volkswagens or getting their money back, car owners are lining up for the cash. Almost half of the 475,000 drivers of Volkswagen AG cars on U.S. roads in violation of pollution laws already have registered to participate in the settlement program a month after the deal won preliminary court approval. – Automotive News

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