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Top News Links: Monday, Dec. 7

Why HealthSouth didn’t go downtown

HealthSouth CEO Jay Grinney surveyed all of his corporate employees while looking at potential sites for the new headquarters: Would you rather work in Liberty Park or in downtown Birmingham? The company had narrowed down the move to spots in Liberty Park or in an area near Regions Field downtown. "Something like 70 percent of our employees preferred the [Liberty Park] site over downtown," Grinney said. – AL.com

New HealthSouth HQ sheds Scrushy legacy

HealthSouth Corp.'s new building in Liberty Park will have a lot.  It'll be seven floors and boast walking trails, an in-house cafeteria and a gym. It'll take up about five acres on 20 acres of land, leaving plenty of room for expansion if HealthSouth needs it in the future. But CEO Jay Grinney said the move wasn't about needing more space -- it was about getting out of the wrong space. – AL.com

Drummond expects coal exports to rise next year

Birmingham-based coal producer Drummond said it expected its coal exports next year to rise to between 34-35 million tons, up from a projected total of 28 million tons in 2015. "We expect to have export levels at 35 million tons, with a production level that may be close to that," Drummond's top executive in Colombia, Jose Miguel Linares, told reporters. He said the company expected to finish 2015 with "exports of around 28 million tons." – Fox News

BP settlement money to advance athletics

The Birmingham Bowl was once the PapaJohns.com Bowl. Then it was the BBVA Compass Bowl. Now this year’s Birmingham Bowl could be supported by an unlikely source: BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil-spill settlement. Birmingham’s city council approved a proposal last week to allocate $200,000 from a settlement claim with BP to its annual bowl game. The city council had agreed to pay $300,000 to help put on the Dec. 30 matchup of Southeastern Conference and American Athletic Conference teams. – Wall Street Journal

Motion Industries acquires Moss Rubber and Equipment

Birmingham-based Motion Industries has agreed to acquire Moss Rubber and Equipment Corp., a distributor of industrial rubber products. Moss specializes in hose and rubber products for the petroleum, construction, mining, manufacturing, transportation and agricultural industries. – Modern Distribution Management

NASA roars back into commercial delivery

A U.S. shipment of much-needed groceries and other astronaut supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station for the first time in months Sunday, reigniting NASA's commercial delivery service. If the Orbital ATK capsule arrives at the space station Wednesday as planned, it will represent the first U.S. delivery since spring. – WAAY

UAW wins vote at Volkswagen plant

Skilled-trades workers at the Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant on Friday voted to be represented by the United Auto Workers, marking the union's first victory at a foreign-owned automaker in the South. The workers who specialize in repairing and maintaining machinery and robots at the German automaker's factory in Chattanooga voted 108-44 to have the UAW negotiate collective bargaining agreements on their behalf. – AP/AL.com

Opinion: Rising poverty of children our moral failure

There isn’t much good news in the 2015 Kids Count Data Book, which provides a look into the state of children’s well being. Nearly 300,000 of our children are living in poverty here in Alabama, and there is little on the horizon to give them much hope for a hand up. The latest data book distributed in Alabama by VOICES for Children, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that advocates for children’s issues, shows 27 percent of the state’s children live in poverty. – Decatur Daily

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