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Top News Links: Wednesday, Dec. 2

Wrong Birmingham may get Aston Martin plant

The city of Birmingham – but not the one in Alabama – is the frontrunner for a new manufacturing plant for the British luxury automaker Aston Martin, according to several British media reports. The Sunday Times says a site in Sutton Coldfield, a suburb of Birmingham, England, tops the list of potential locations where the company would build its DBX crossover. – AL.com

Fed’s Lockhart says he favors raising rates

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart said he favors raising interest rates this month, adding to signs that the central bank will proceed with its first increase since 2006. “Absent information that drastically changes the economic picture and outlook, I feel the case for liftoff is compelling,” Lockhart said in the text of remarks Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. – Bloomberg

State ranks fourth lowest for women’s earnings

A recently published report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows women in Alabama's workforce are still lagging their male counterparts for earnings. The Highlights For Women's Earnings 2014 was released by the BLS in November, and shows Alabama's female worker's earnings as a percentage of men's is 74.6 percent, which is the fourth lowest among U.S. states. It is also much lower than the national average of 82.5 percent. – BizJournals.com

Hillary Clinton remembers Rosa Parks in Montgomery

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton commemorated the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks' arrest in Montgomery with a call for criminal justice reforms and an end to the "era of mass incarceration in America." – New York Daily News

Some AT&T customers to pay more for data in 2016

AT&T will increase the cost of its old unlimited data plans in the new year. The change will impact customers who kept their grandfathered unlimited plans that were discontinued to new users five years ago. The current plan is $30 a month. Starting in February 2016, the price will increase to $35 a month. – AL.com

Study: Honda contributes $6.8B to state economy

Honda's Talladega County auto assembly plant contributed $6.8 billion to the state's economy last year, according to a study issued today by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. Along with its suppliers, the Japanese automaker also was responsible for more than 43,000 jobs in the state. – AL.com

Wind Creek Montgomery shows off new updates

Officials at Wind Creek Montgomery on Tuesday showed off their updated gambling and entertainment venue. Named after one of the most influential names in music, B.B. King's Blues Club looks to be a safe bet, combining a place for live music and classic southern cuisine. – Montgomery Advertiser

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