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Top News Links: Thursday, Dec. 22

Hyundai fires U.S. CEO Dave Zuchowski

Korean automaker Hyundai has fired its U.S. CEO, Dave Zuchowski, as the company's car-heavy lineup struggles in a market currently dominated by sport-utility vehicles, crossovers and pickup trucks. Jerry Flannery, who was serving as executive vice president and general counsel, will take over temporarily as CEO of the division, known as Hyundai Motor America. – USA Today

State’s automakers build steady base of smart workers

As Alabama’s auto industry has grown over the past two decades, so have the jobs and the sophisticated skill sets required to keep production humming. The majority of the positions at the state’s three auto assembly plants are in production, but the automakers have also built up their ranks of other highly skilled professionals. – Made In Alabama

Roy Moore among those interviewed for Sessions appointment

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is interviewing potential candidates for the U.S. Senate seat of Jeff Sessions, including suspended Alabama chief justice Roy Moore. President-elect Donald Trump named Sessions to serve as his attorney general earlier in November. Sessions is expected to step down once confirmed. – WIAT

Collier adds defendants to lawsuit against governor

Alabama’s former law enforcement secretary is adding defendants to his wrongful termination lawsuit against Gov. Robert Bentley. Attorneys for Spencer Collier added Alabama Law Enforcement Agency attorney Michael Robinson and special agent April Bickhaus to the lawsuit in a document filed Wednesday. – AP/ANN

State lawmaker wants farmers to have more water access

A north Alabama lawmaker says he thinks the state is wasting water resources — and he wants his fellow legislators to consider expanding access to rivers in the state. The TimesDaily reports that Sen. Arthur Orr, a Decatur Republican, says the state isn't wisely using its water resources. Several years ago, Orr passed legislation to give farmers a tax break on irrigation equipment, making it a bit less expensive. Now, he'd like to see their access to water increased. – AP/SF GATE

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