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Top News Links: Friday, July 1

Austal suspends trading to review Mobile operations

The Australian parent company of shipbuilder Austal USA has suspended trading of its ordinary shares to review the performance of the U.S. company. Austal Ltd. made the announcement in a market notice released Wednesday night in the U.S. The Mobile shipyard remains open and the trading halt should not affect production, according to the notice. – Defense News

Fast food workers expand civil rights wage suit

Fast-food workers and civil-rights groups in Birmingham are expanding their constitutional challenge to a recent state law that prohibits cities from setting their own higher minimum wages by adding more participants and a voting-rights claim to bolster their original lawsuit. The plaintiffs first filed their federal suit in April, alleging the bill signed into law in February illegally blocked a minimum-wage increase Birmingham’s City Council approved. – Wall Street Journal

Prosecutors want Hubbard behind bars for 5 years

Prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard to five years in a state prison. The attorney general’s office, in a brief filed Thursday evening, spelled out their sentencing recommendation for the Republican politician convicted of using his public office to benefit his businesses. Hubbard would spend five years behind bars in a state prison and the remaining 13 years under supervised probation. – AP/WIAT

Voters will get chance to reclaim some home rule

Voters in November will have the opportunity to state whether they favor giving county commissions some control over their own administrative functions. The constitutional amendment on the ballot would grant county commissions the right to establish programs and policies related to county personnel, public transportation programs and programs related to county offices. – Anniston Star

Southern Cancer Center chosen for Medicare oncology program

Southern Cancer Center in Baldwin County has been chosen as one of a few oncology practices across the nation to participate in a 5-year Medicare pilot program called the Oncology Care Model (OCM), aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of specialty care, to begin on July 1st. – News release

Eppenger, Boney named to new roles at Citizens Trust

Citizens Trust Bank recently announced the appointment of Jason A. Eppenger to the role of Market President for its Alabama operations and Tracey A. Boney as the new Client Relationship Manager of its Birmingham Financial Center. – Birmingham Times

Lake City Amusement Park closes in Guntersville

A new amusement park in Guntersville is shutting down for good. Lake City Amusement Park, open only since April, is closing because it has lost its funding source. A Facebook announcement posted shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday confirmed the closure. – AL.com

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