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Top News Links: Wednesday, Aug. 16

Luther Strange, Roy Moore head to runoff

Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore are headed to a Republican primary runoff to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The two men, who represent different factions within the Alabama Republican Party, will face off in a Sept. 26 runoff after neither captured more than 50 percent of the vote. – CNBC

Alabama-made vehicles crisscross the globe

Exports of state-made automobiles continued to grow at an impressive rate in 2016, rising 13 percent to $7.9 billion. So far this year, the numbers are holding steady with last year’s pace. The top export market for Alabama-made vehicles in 2016 was Germany, with more than $2.4 billion in shipments. Rounding out the top 10 were China, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and India. – Made In Alabama

Yulista opens massive new hangar in Huntsville

Yulista has opened its 80,000-square-foot aviation hangar and support facility at the Huntsville Executive Airport in Meridianville. The M5 Hangar increases the Yulista Aviation Complex to over 175,000 square feet, according to the company. It is equipped for both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft support to include newer tilt rotor aircraft. – AL.com

UA research: State’s fastest-growing cities in Baldwin

It comes as little surprise that the fastest-growing city in Alabama is also located in the fastest-growing county in Alabama. Baldwin County is the fastest growing county in Alabama and is predicted to have a 65.9 percent increase in population accounting for 118,634 new residents by 2040, University of Alabama research indicates. Based on these trends Baldwin will jump from the seventh most populous county in Alabama to the fourth by 2040. – UA/Lawnstarter.com

Montevallo program wins state conservation honor

The University of Montevallo President’s Outdoor Scholars Program was recently awarded the Conservation Educator of the Year Award at the 2017 Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet. The Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) held the banquet, co-sponsored by Alabama Power Company and PowerSouth Energy on Friday, Aug. 4 at The Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill in Prattville. Governor Kay Ivey provided opening remarks and assisted with the presentation of the awards. – News release

We just thought corporate politics were complicated before

Mary Barra of General Motors Co. wanted to stay close to the White House. Indra Nooyi of Pepsico Inc. was pressured to walk away. Kevin Plank of Under Armour Inc. got pushback when he did just that. Doug McMillon of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. took heat for rebuking President Donald Trump -- and for not severing ties with him as three more members of a presidential advisory council resigned. That was all just on Tuesday. – Bloomberg

Wearable tech introduced for construction industry

Atlas RFID Solutions has introduced its new wearable technology with the incorporation of the ring style barcode. This small, durable and convenient device allows users to scan 1 dimensional or 2 dimensional barcodes, and read RFID tags while maintaining full use of both hands. – News release

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