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Top News Links: Tuesday, August 15

Corvex threatens Energen proxy battle

Corvex Management threatened a proxy battle against Energen Corp. if the U.S. oil and gas producer did not agree to add the activist investor's nominees to its board. Corvex -- already the biggest shareholder in Energen -- said in a filing disclosed on Monday that it raised its stake to 10.1 percent, eclipsing a threshold that allows shareholders of Alabama-domiciled companies to call a special meeting. – Reuters  

Trump, GOP labor to keep Alabama Strange

President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are making a major last-minute push to save Sen. Luther Strange in Tuesday's three-way primary here. Strange is trying to finish in the top two -- and make sure none of his other challengers top 50 percent of the vote -- to advance to a primary runoff in the race to fill out the rest of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate term. – CNN

Birmingham can bear witness to Merck CEO’s strong will

Merck CEO Ken Frazier made waves Monday morning when he resigned from the president's American Manufacturing Council, citing a "responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism." It's not the first time Frazier had taken a stand. Two decades ago, he led a team of volunteer lawyers who exonerated a wrongly accused Alabama man from death row after 19 years. – CNBC

Super Soaker inventor works on his legacy

Lonnie Johnson is always moving, always thinking, always tinkering. That becomes apparent on a visit to his laboratory in downtown Atlanta. In one room is the invention that made the Alabama-born scientist famous – the Super Soaker water gun that he invented in his "spare time" while employed as a NASA engineer. Johnson, 67, a native of Mobile, is perhaps the only man in the world in the Toy Hall of Fame and lauded by Popular Mechanics for having developed one of the top 10 new world-changing innovations. – AL.com

Hyundai, Genesis want to cut design time in half

Automotive News is reporting that Hyundai, and its luxury arm Genesis, is looking to slash the product design time in half - from three years to about a year-and-a-half. The reason? To keep pace with rival motor companies, tech start-ups and electric car companies like Tesla. – AL.com

Roof partially collapses at Honeywell, no major injuries

Calhoun County authorities say no major injuries have been reported at Honeywell in Oxford after heavy rains caused two roof collapses Monday. All employees were accounted for, according to Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge. – AL.com

SESCO Lighting expanding to Birmingham

Florida-based SESCO Lighting is pleased to announce it is expanding its reach with the acquisition of the G2 Lighting Agency, based in Birmingham. – PRNewsWire

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