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Top News Links: Friday, Jan. 8

Hyundai to again build SUVs in Montgomery

Hyundai's Montgomery factory will begin producing the Santa Fe Sport SUV this summer, the Korean automaker announced Thursday. The move will supplement existing U.S. production of the model and is aimed at meeting growing market demand for SUVs, said Robert Burns, a Hyundai spokesman. – AL.com

Iraq wants to buy $800M worth of Hellfire missiles

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a potential $800 million foreign military sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq. Manufactured at Lockheed's facility southeast of Montgomery, the AGM-114 Hellfire is a precision-strike, multipurpose, air-to-ground missile system primarily designed to provide anti-armor capability for attack helicopters. – Army-Technology.com

Blue Bell’s listeria problems not over yet

Blue Bell says the bacteria responsible for shutting down its plants last year is still in its Brenham plant. The company said listeria was found, but not in the areas where ice cream is produced. It said it is working to rid the facility of the contamination and has new rules in place to ensure food production lines are not touched by the bacteria linked to illness and some deaths. – Fox 4 News

Bentley suing feds over placement of refugees

Alabama officials sued the U.S. federal government on Thursday over concerns about the placement of refugees from Syria and other countries, the state's governor said in a news release. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Alabama claims the Obama administration had not provided state officials with enough information about any refugees to be settled in the state. – Business Insider

Judge Moore’s order having little effect in state

The Montgomery Advertiser spoke with probate judges or probate court personnel in 56 of the state’s 67 counties Thursday. In 41 counties, the offices said they were issuing marriage licenses to all couples. Thirteen said they were not. Only three county probate courts – Elmore, Marengo and Walker – said they stopped issuing licenses after Moore’s Wednesday order. Attempts to reach Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis were not successful. – Montgomery Advertiser

Mixed reviews in Anniston for Obama’s gun moves

President Obama’s executive orders received mixed reactions Thursday night at the Calhoun County Sheriff’s office 81st gun safety class. Men, women, young and elderly lined up into the parking lot at the Anniston City Meeting Center to be one of the 450 residents in attendance for the class. – Anniston Star

Thai company vows to keep BP’s former Decatur employees

BP's more than 400 employees in Decatur should still have jobs this year when the oil and gas producer sells its petrochemicals plant to Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited of Thailand. Indorama says it will keep BP's staff when the transaction closes in early 2016. – AL.com

Auburn-based chain amps up winter menu

Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's only Southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, launched its winter menu today featuring a brand new, limited-time curry chicken salad, four soups and a cranberry apple salad. – PRNewsWire

Doster Construction completes $45M student complex

Doster Construction recently completed the $45.8 million The Clubhouse Student Apartments in Louisville in just 14 months. The project is located adjacent to the University of Louisville campus and consists of 3 five-story wood frame buildings. – News release

Hand Arendall has 75th anniversary

The law firm of Hand Arendall LLC is marking 75 years of providing legal services to businesses and individuals in Alabama as well as in Mississippi and Florida. Founded in 1941, the law firm has since grown to four offices across Alabama, offering services in all areas of traditional civil practice. – News release

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