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Top News Links: Tuesday, Jan. 6

Hyundai ends the year hot

Hyundai sales ended the year hot in North America, with an all-time company-best December contributing to a record 2014. Hyundai Motor America said Monday that it sold 64,507 vehicles last month and 725,718 overall last year — both new highs for the Korean automaker. In fact, it set six monthly sales records last year, including a streak of four straight months during the summer. – Montgomery Advertiser

Bentley: Hollywood is a priority

Twenty-five feature films and 10 reality television shows have been shot in Alabama since 2011, according to a press release sent out from the governor’s office Monday. “Governor Bentley has prioritized movie production in Alabama,” the release said. “The Alabama Film Office, a division of the Alabama Department of Commerce, works to increase economic opportunities by building and promoting film and the related media industries in Alabama.” – Yellowhammer

God granted ownership of Winfield

Winfield has formally declared God the “owner” of the city. Winfield Mayor Randy Price said that he believes that the nation is in an “awful condition.” He believes that the remedy to that awfulness is the blessings of the Almighty. Therefore, he successfully pushed the city council to declare Winfield a “city under God” and that God Himself is the “owner” of the city. – Business2Community

Auto supplier fined for safety glitches

An Alabama-based auto parts supplier for Hyundai and Kia is facing fines up to $102,000 after it allegedly exposed its workers to amputation, electrical and struck-by hazards in its Andalusia and LaFayette plants. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Saehaesung Alabama Inc. for 10 safety violations following inspections at the factories in June and July 2014. – AL.com

Sentencing today for crooked educator

A former state Department of Education official and her husband are scheduled for sentencing on five ethics convictions. The department's former director of federal programs, Deann Stone, and her husband, Dave Stone, are scheduled to appear Tuesday before Montgomery County Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick for sentencing. – AP/TimesDaily

Wise Metals facility under new ownership

Wise Metals Intermediate Holdings' private aluminum sheet production facility in Muscle Shoals is under new ownership. Constellium N.V. announced Monday it has closed on a $1.4 billion acquisition of the Colbert County company. The deal, which was first reported in October, includes $455 million in cash and the assumption of $945 million in debt. – AL.com

National Commerce Corp. files for IPO

Birmingham-based bank holding company National Commerce Corporation has filed with the U.S. SEC for an IPO of its common stock. The proposed maximum offering price is $50 million. The company has applied to list its shares on NASDAQ under the symbol "NCOM." Keefe, Bruyette & Woods is the sole book-running manager. – Street Insider

SpaceX scrubs Tuesday launch

Private spaceflight company SpaceX scrubbed a scheduled rocket launch Tuesday, in which it planned to attempt the pioneering step of landing the rocket's first stage on a floating platform. The next possible launch attempt is at 4:09 a.m. CT Friday, NASA said via Twitter, "pending resolution of the issue." NASA and SpaceX said the problem was with the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage, rather than the section it plans to try to land. – Alabamas13.com

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