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Top News Links: Friday, July 11

UAW aims new effort at Mercedes

The United Auto Workers will attempt to form a local union to represent workers at Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, according to a union flyer obtained by The Wall Street Journal. – WSJ

San Francisco’s loss is our gain

When Curse CEO Hubert Thieblot told his employees last year that he was moving the company’s San Francisco headquarters to Huntsville, they thought he was crazy. “If you want to build a long-term company, you might have a better chance of keeping people outside of San Francisco,” he said. “The job market is too crazy here.” – Tech Crunch

Bentley leaves Saturday for air show

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is headed to London for the Farnborough International Air Show to try to generate jobs for Alabama. "I wish they would name it something else because it sounds like a vacation. It's certainly not a vacation, not for me anyway. It's the hardest three days I ever spend," he said. – AP

Birmingham family best known for giving

Forbes may have singled out Birmingham's Stephens family as the state's richest clan with an estimated net worth of $4 billion, but those who live in the Magic City likely know Stephenses better for the things they've done with that wealth. – AL.com

We are not friends to the fish

Wasting Our Waterways” is a new report detailing the amount of toxic chemical pollution that industries legally dump into rivers, lakes, and bays.  Alabama ranks 4th in the nation for toxic dumping with over 12 million pounds of toxic chemicals per year. The state ranks 3rd for the level of pollution toxicity. – Environment America

EEOC files lawsuit over religious garb

A certified nursing assistant at Jasper, Alabama’s Shadescrest Healthcare was denied the right to wear a hijab in accordance with her faith, and ultimately fired over her discrimination complaint, according to a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last week. – BJConline.com

Aerospace booming in Dothan

At the Dothan Regional Airport, Commercial Jet Inc.’s workforce has been busy converting Boeing 737 passenger aircraft into freighters at the company’s new facility. Miami-based Commercial Jet announced plans for the $12 million maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operation a year ago, providing additional lift for a regional aviation cluster that’s home to Fort Rucker. – Made In Alabama

Aug. 11 deadline for SBA loan filing

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses that Aug. 11 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in the following Alabama counties: Colbert, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale and Marion. The offer results from excessive rainfall and cooler than normal temperatures from March 1 through July 31, 2013. – PRNewswire

Home Depot fires SUV dad

The Home Depot says it has fired a Georgia man who faces a murder charge in his son's death in a hot SUV. Company spokeswoman Catherine Woodling confirmed Thursday that Justin Ross Harris no longer works for the company but wouldn't say when he was terminated. She said he'd been on leave without pay. – AP

Uncle Maddio’s expanding to Daphne

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint is taking over Alabama. The fast casual pizza chain will open its 23rd store in Alabama next week, in Daphne at 6882 US Hwy 90, Suite G-1. To celebrate the restaurant will serve free 9-inch, any three topping, fully-customizable pizzas starting at 11 a.m. on July 19. – News release

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