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Top News Links: Wednesday, July 13

German auto supplier coming to Montgomery

At a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning, German auto supplier Gerhardi Kuntstofftechnik announced plans to invest $37.9 million to create 235 jobs in Montgomery at its first North American manufacturing facility. Gerhardi was founded in 1796 as a maker of brass and copper buckles. The company now produces interior and exterior parts for auto clients worldwide. – WHNT

Mobile Memorial Gardens not high on Pokemon Go

An Alabama cemetery is banning people from playing the popular Pokemon Go game on its property. The president of Mobile Memorial Gardens, Timothy Claiborne, says a cemetery is supposed to be a place for peaceful reflection. But Claiborne says game players are walking around burial plots with cellphones in hand and driving cemetery roads aimlessly as part of the game. – AP/TimesDaily

Jeff Sessions was Trump-like before Trump came along

As his rivals for vice president twist themselves to fit Donald Trump’s ideological profile, Jeff Sessions has stood pat: The Alabama senator was a leader of the Trump brigade before the business mogul even announced his presidential run. – Politico

Car, truck sales in U.S. may fall short of 2015 record marks

U.S. sales of cars and light trucks this year will fall short of 2015's record in the first annual decline in seven years, LMC Automotive said in a revised estimate that cites "recent plateauing" of deliveries and "growing economic and political risk." – Automotive News

Counties where cost of living works with you

Shelby County ranks as the county in Alabama where residents enjoy the most favorable cost of living, according to a new SmartAsset interactive map. The top five list is rounded out by Madison, Limestone, Elmore and Autauga counties. – News release

Publix project continues to inch forward in Mobile

Weeks after a hard-fought battle for approval from Mobile's Planning Commission, the proposal for a new Publix shopping center in Midtown finally arrived before the Mobile City Council on Tuesday. Tuesday's discussion was muted compared to the intense debate before the Planning Commission, in which some residents near the development site argued that the shopping center did not fit in with adjacent neighborhoods. – AL.com

Aeroplex pursues growth possibilities at Farnborough

At Mobile Aeroplex, the home of Airbus’ U.S. passenger jet production center, the steel frame of a twin-bay aircraft paint shop is beginning to rise, a project that will add a new element to the complex’s growing aerospace cluster. At another site being redeveloped at the Aeroplex, an intermodal company days ago announced plans to expand its operations there, bolstering the logistical capabilities of the 1,700-acre complex adjacent to the Port of Mobile. – Made In Alabama

Slip of the tongue costs Troy economics professor

Troy University has apparently revoked the department chairmanship of an economics professor caught saying on tape that a colleague at his Charles Koch Foundation-backed academic center wants to “take down” Alabama’s public retirement system. – Inside Higher Ed

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