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Top News Links: Friday, Jan. 10

State’s auto production hits record

Alabama’s three auto assembly plants combined to break a production record in 2013, surpassing the previous year’s total by 4 percent. The Alabama assembly plants of Honda, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz produced a total vehicle count of at least 915,000 last year, beating the 880,114 figure set in 2012. – Made in Alabama

European coal deliveries jump with Drummond shutdown in Colombia

European coal for delivery next month climbed the most since Nov. 20 as Colombia’s second-largest producer, Drummond Co., was investigated for fuel-loading spills. Next-month coal for Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Antwerp, Belgium, rose 2.5 percent to $81 a metric ton. – Bloomberg Businessweek

Companies calling foul on exporting cheap U.S. fuel

The U.S. Department of Energy has deepened the liquefied natural gas debate by considering applications to export fuel to Japan, India and other places where prices are higher than in the U.S. – The Montgomery Advertiser

Quality production means having storage

Crews are busy constructing 14,000 square feet of warehouse space outside Hyundai’s engine shop at the Montgomery plant. More room is needed to store parts for the redesign of the four-cylinder Theta engines. – WSFA TV12

International Shipholding announces dividend

The Mobile-based company will issue $2.37 for each share of Series A cumulative redeemable perpetual stock and $2.25 for each share of Series B cumulative redeemable perpetual stock. – al.com

Packet switch patent filed by Huntsville inventors

Inventors Thomas Frederick Detwiler and Darrin L. Gieger of Huntsville have filed a technical patent related to Adtran, a Delaware corporation. – 4-traders.com

Help available for entrepreneurs, small businesses

The Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) is offering free resources through March for entrepreneurs and start-up small businesses, as well as individuals entering or re-entering the job market. ResumeÍ— writing tips, as well as start-up and business plans, are accessible through www.avl.lib.al.us. – AVL

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