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Top News Links: Monday, July 29

UAW pushes to organize workers at Mercedes

One of the state's top recruiting draws for industry — weak union presence — is in the balance as the United Auto Workers seek to organize employees at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa County. — Birmingham News

Tentative contract for Goodyear workers

Unionized workers at Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants have reached a tentative contract agreement with management, with votes slated at each of the six affected plants, including one in Gadsden. – WKSU Radio

Alabama, Mississippi team up to study oil sands reserves

Gov. Robert Bentley and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant have teamed the two states to study the potential for capturing oil from oil sands reserves in northwestern Alabama and northeastern Mississippi. — Mississippi Business Journal

New medical school ready for first class, planning for future

As it prepares for its first students this week, Dothan's Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine plans for first class and future. – Dothan Eagle

Raytheon's Patriot missile contract expanded

The U.S. Army has added another $16.7 million to its contract with Huntsville's Raytheon for work on the Patriot missile program. – Huntsville Times

Hudson's Bay to buy Saks Inc.

Hudson's Bay plans to add Saks — once headquartered in Birmingham — to its upscale collection that includes Lord & Taylor, at a purchase price of $2.4 billion. — Birmingham News

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