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Top News Links: Tuesday, Aug. 9

GLO to offer non-stop service to Huntsville

New Orleans-based GLO Airlines will expand non-stop service to Huntsville next month, its fifth destination from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. GLO, operated by Corporate Flight Management Inc., will introduce non-stop service to Huntsville International Airport three days a week – Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The service will launch on Sept. 30, 2016 with a one-way, “GLOForIt” $99 fare. – News release

Nemak Alabama laying off 203 in Sylacauga

Nemak Alabama's Sylacauga plant is laying off 203 of its employees by October, according to the Daily Home. The move is happening as one product produced there will be phased out, while production of another is being shifted to the company's Kentucky plant. The plant makes cylinder heads and cylinder blocks. Approximately 15 salaried and 188 hourly employees will lose their jobs. – AL.com

Mac Papers makes strategic moves in Alabama

Leading U.S. regional wholesaler and distributor Mac Papers has acquired an Alabama-based paper and print, packaging, facilities supplies and office products distribution business. The acquisition of Higdon Paper & Packaging was completed on Aug. 5, with six staff members – including former owner Charlie Higdon – now working out of the Mac Papers branch in Birmingham. – OPI.net

Alabama judicial court weighs Roy Moore case

Alabama's Court of the Judiciary said it will soon decide whether to remove Alabama's suspended chief justice, Roy Moore, from office after hearing Monday from both sides on his misconduct charges. Moore is accused of violating judicial ethics by urging probate judges to defy the federal courts and keep denying marriage licenses to gays and lesbians. – AP/WRCB

Airbus being investigated for fraud in Britain

Airbus is under criminal investigation in the United Kingdom over "fraud, bribery and corruption" allegations. The France-based aerospace company said that the probe ordered by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) related to its civil aviation business and use of third-party consultants. – IBT

Marketing challenge: How to promote driverless cars

How do automakers pitch their advanced driver-assistance and autonomous-driving technology without appearing to abet inattentive driving? That's the challenge facing marketers as they try to succinctly convey the benefits of a new generation of safety technologies designed to mitigate the cause of almost all vehicle fatalities: human error. – Automotive News

Southeastern Stud CEO sentenced for fraud

Kennon W. Whaley, 51, of Auburn, was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison last week. In May, Whaley was convicted by a federal jury of two counts of concealment of bankruptcy assets while his company, Southeastern Stud & Components, was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The evidence showed during the bankruptcy process Whaley redirected a $260,000 insurance payment intended for the company in 2010 to pay off a personal gambling debt. – Alabama News Net

Blue Cross seeking 39 percent hike on individual plans

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama is seeking an average rate increase of 39 percent on individual plans offered through the Obamacare marketplace, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The proposed rate hikes will affect more than 160,000 people in Alabama who purchase insurance through the federal exchange, or about 5 percent of Blue Cross membership. – AL.com

Alabama joins $100M Barclays LIBOR settlement

Alabama is among dozens of states to join a $100 million settlement with Barclays Bank PLC and Barclays Capital for fraudulent and anticompetitive conduct. Luther Strange, attorney general for Alabama, announced Monday the national settlement involving LIBOR, a common benchmark interest rate that is used to make adjustments for rate mortgages. – AL.com

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