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Top News Links: Monday, July 31

Business Facilities magazine praises state workforce

Business Facilities magazine gives Alabama high rankings for its workforce training programs, auto manufacturing strength and overall manufacturing employment, while touting the economic growth potential of Mobile and Huntsville. In its 13th annual ranking report, the economic development-focused publication singled out Huntsville as the nation’s top metro area in aerospace/defense, citing its large concentration of aerospace engineers and plans by Boeing Co. to expand its longtime presence in the north Alabama city. – ANC

Here are most sought-after jobs in Alabama

What are Alabama's most sought-after jobs? The Alabama Department of Labor's Labor Market Information Division analyzed almost 40,000 online ads to come up with the numbers. Truck drivers and registered nurses top the list again this year but there’s plenty of diversity in this Top 10. – AL.com

Perhaps a good day to up your security

Twelve inmates escaped from a jail in Alabama, authorities said on Sunday, and six still remain at large, including two who were incarcerated on charges including attempted murder. The inmates escaped from the Walker County Jail, the county sheriff's office said on its official Facebook page. No details on when or how the escape occurred were available. – Reuters

Goodyear strike averted at last minute

Goodyear announced Saturday evening that it and the United Steelworkers have reached tentative agreement on a new five-year master labor contract covering nearly 7,000 workers at five plants in the U.S., including the Gadsden plant. The agreement came shortly before the four-year contract was due to expire at midnight. – AL.com

Peanut crop looks to be robust this year

Farmers in Alabama's peanut belt are hopeful about the upcoming harvest. Larry Wells of the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center says rainfall this year has been just what the crop needs: Neither too dry nor too wet. That allows farmers to work in their fields to maintain the peanut plants. – AP/Sacramento Bee

Time Inc. looking to deal Birmingham-based magazines

Time Inc. may sell Birmingham-based Coastal Living magazine, along with two of its other magazines, the company's CEO said in an interview with Bloomberg published last week. Time Inc. is also looking at the possibility of selling Sunset and Golf magazines, neither of which is based in Birmingham, CEO Rich Battista said in the interview with Bloomberg's Gerry Smith. – AL.com

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