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Top News Links: Thursday, Dec. 3

Johns Manville planning Scottsboro expansion

Johns Manville said it's planning a big expansion at one of its Alabama facilities that makes roofing products, adding 175 jobs to the northern Alabama area. The Denver company said it plans to build a second production line at the company’s Scottsboro, Alabama production facility that makes thermoplastic polyolefin, a roofing membrane that is used by commercial roofing contractors, consultants and building owners. – BizJournals.com

Honda lines up its 2016 objectives

First up, the company will launch a redesign of the Ridgeline pickupwhich will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January and enter mass production at the Talladega County plant in early 2016. Later in the year, another redesign is expected. This time it's the Odyssey minivan, the flagship product of Honda's Alabama assembly lines. – AL.com

Work continues on 12 Avenue bridge replacement

Work continues on the 12th Avenue Bridge Replacement project on I-20/59 in downtown Birmingham. The old bridge was torn down earlier this year and dirt work and excavation is being done this week on the north side near the 31st Street exit and ramp. The new bridge is expected to be complete sometime in the spring of 2016. – AL.com

Alabama Power announces leadership changes

Alabama Power has announced several leadership changes. Bobbie Knight, vice president of the company’s Birmingham Division, has accepted the position of senior adviser to Alabama Power Chairman, President and CEO Mark Crosswhite. Jonathan Porter, vice president of Human Resources and Ethics, will succeed Knight as vice president of Birmingham Division. Jeff Peoples, vice president of Operations Services for Southern Company, has been elected Alabama Power’s new vice president of Human Resources and Ethics. – Alabama News Center

State sued over voter identification law

A civil rights group in Alabama targeted the state's voter identification law in a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday, saying the requirement that a photo ID be shown at the polls in order to vote discriminated against minorities. The lawsuit, filed by the Alabama State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Greater Birmingham Ministries, asked for a permanent injunction to stop the law, which took effect last year. – Reuters

Cabela’s looking at change in ownership strategy

Cabela's has hired a firm to explore "strategic alternatives," the company announced early Wednesday, leading many to wonder if it will sell or go private. The store hasn't given any indication of what its plans are, only stating that it's exploring a "wide range" of options. Reuters reported last month that Bass Pro Shops was exploring a bid for the rival retailer. – AL.com

Washington Post weighs in on Wilcox County

People here were so accustomed to the rural quiet, even the distant noises tipped off that something big was coming to the most impoverished corner of Alabama. First they heard chain saws buzzing through the forest, and then they heard trucks jangling along rutted roads, hauling away the timber. Next they heard pavers blazing new asphalt past a cow pasture. And finally they heard the rumblings of a different kind, the first rumors of what was planned for the clearing. – Washington Post

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