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Top News Links: Thursday, June 14

Tight budgets mean less services

Residents can expect higher fees, less services and some layoffs as a result of the state's tight General Fund budget. Montgomery Advertiser

Plant expansion

German auto supplier Rehau announced plans to invest $30 million to expand production at its Alabama plant. European Plastics News

Automobile production on the rise

Alabama's auto industry continues on the road to recovery as production rose 14 percent in the first five months of the year. WWNT Radio

Dim future for Alabama, New Orleans journalism?

Following recent layoffs by Advance Publications, critics look to the operations' digital future with hesitancy. – GigaOM

States shut down prepaid college tuition

Prepaid college tuition plans are fading quickly as states struggle to find funds in the budget; Alabama now pays less than the cost of full tuition. San Francisco Chronicle

Problems abound in Anniston

PCB exposure in a widespread chemical contamination in Anniston has left residents fighting illness amidst other struggles. – Scientific American

State credit scores fall below average

The average credit score in Alabama ranks 21 points below the national average according to the consumer credit advocate’s U.S. Credit Score Climate Report for May. – Birmingham Business Journal

Potential stake in Drummond 

The Aditya Birla Group may purchase a stake in coal mines in Columbia owned by American thermal coal miner Drummond Company. – The Indian Express

Tuition hikes continue 

The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees is considering a tuition and fee increase for its three campuses beginning this fall. – Birmingham Business Journal

Uniontown updates

Uniontown seeks $4.4 million to overhaul its wastewater treatment plant to address the town's ongoing sewage problem. Tuscaloosa News

One Uniontown resident reflects on effects of coal ash in the area. – Huffington Post

Airbus celebrates 10 years in Wichita

Airbus, a manufacturer of airliners with facilities in Wichita, Kan. and Mobile, Ala., has grown 600 percent at its Wichita operation in the past decade. Aviation.ca

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