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Top News Links: Tuesday, Dec. 1

Boeing wants to lure away Huntsville engineers

Boeing is looking to recruit Huntsville engineers to fill many vacancies. But there's a catch. These jobs are located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and St. Louis, Missouri. Recruiters from the two cities will be in Huntsville today to meet face-to-face with job seekers. The company will hold on-site job interviews at a later date. – WAAY

Could Huntsville leap to state’s biggest city?

Huntsville could soon pass Birmingham to become the largest city in Alabama. "We believe we will be the biggest city in the state within a decade," predicted Dennis Madsen, long-range planner for the City of Huntsville. Right now, Huntsville is fourth. It's the smallest of the four main cities in this state. But those cities have evolved in ways that find all four at nearly the same size. – AP/Moulton Advertiser

Athens company to pay damages for OT abuse

An Athens-based rehabilitation and senior care facility must pay more than $165,000 in back wages and damages for failing to pay overtime to workers. The U.S. Department of Labor said Athens Rehab and SeniorCare on Market Street violated the overtime and record keeping terms of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act by requiring employees to start work before their shifts began. – AL.com

Is coal mining dying in Appalachia?

The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury's mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don't stand up all day. – AP/AL.com

Planned Parenthood cancelation costs $51,000

Alabama would pay just over $51,000 in legal fees to settle a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood Southeast over Gov. Robert Bentley's attempt to cancel the organization's Medicaid contract, under an agreement filed in federal court Monday morning. – Montgomery Advertiser

Debate continues over Gulf Shores convention center

A stretch of undeveloped sugar-white sand snakes along Alabama's gulf coast. Over 10 years ago, Hurricane Ivan knocked down a 1970s-era state park lodge at the site, and Alabama has not had the money to rebuild it-- until now. Alabama is moving forward with plans to use oil spill settlement funds to build a 350-room hotel and conference center that can handle groups of up to 1,500 people. – AP/Sun Herald

A travel guide that wanted to be obsolete

It's been nearly 50 years since the last edition of the "Green Book" was published. And that's exactly how its publishers wanted it. The Green Book, which was published from 1936 to 1966, was probably the only travel guide in American history that looked forward to its own obsolescence. It was designed explicitly to help African American travelers find hotels, restaurants and gas stations that would accommodate them during the era of segregation. – Vox

State lawmaker warns of heathen-run business

The Republican head of Alabama’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee accused an untold number of business owners in his state of backing terrorists on his Facebook page on Monday. “The C stores/tobacco outlets, etc. with the lights around the windows and doors are not owned by God fearing Christians,” state Rep. Alan Harper (R) wrote, using a short-hand term for convenience stores. – Raw Story

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