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Top News Links: Thursday, July 12

Ivey takes step toward ending jail food bonuses for sheriffs

Gov. Kay Ivey took a small step Tuesday toward stopping Alabama from allowing sheriffs to pocket public money allocated to feeding local inmates that they do not spend. But despite some early news reports, Ivey alone cannot and did not end the longstanding practice. – AL.com

Hyundai labor union warns Trump tariffs could burn Alabama jobs

Hyundai Motor Co.'s labor union said Thursday that steep auto tariffs the U.S. is considering could cost tens of thousands of American jobs, echoing concerns of the global auto industry as spiraling trade conflicts between the U.S. and other major economies heat up. The labor union at South Korea's largest auto company said Trump tariffs could jeopardize 20,000 jobs at a Hyundai factory in Alabama. – AP

Back Forty Beer opens first satellite brewery in Birmingham

The first satellite brewery of Alabama’s largest beer maker is now open in Sloss Docks next door to Birmingham’s historic Sloss Furnaces. Back Forty Beer Company-Birmingham shares a name and elements with the mother brewery in Gadsden but it also has its own unique elements. – ANN

Blue Cross scholarships help place doctors in rural areas

Three USA medical students are the school's first to take part in a scholarship program intended to steer young doctors to the state's rural, underserved areas. Officials with the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama gathered Wednesday to announce that the scholarship program, already in place at two other state schools, is expanding to USA. – AL.com

Ethics trial testimony now involves Luther Strange, Robert Bentley

A Balch & Bingham lawyer said during his grand jury testimony that he drafted several letters for former Gov. Robert Bentley and also drafted resolutions for city councils, county commissions, and the state legislature opposing the expansion of a north Birmingham environmental cleanup site. – AL.com

One day left to snag sale flights out of Huntsville

You better move quickly if you want to gobble up those $39 airfares on Huntsville's new low-fare carrier. At a splashy announcement Tuesday at Huntsville International Airport, Denver-based Frontier Airlines touted an introductory one-way fare of $39 for flights from Huntsville to either Denver or Orlando. – AL.com

U.S. expects to regain crown this year as world’s top oil producer

The U.S. is on pace to leapfrog both Saudi Arabia and Russia and reclaim the title of the world's biggest oil producer for the first time since the 1970s. The latest forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that U.S. output will grow next year to 11.8 million barrels a day. – AP

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