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Top News Links: Friday, June 21

Corporate tax breaks total billions of dollars

A review of state tax deals awarding corporations $75 million or more at a time shows billions to automakers, with Michigan making the most deals, New York awarding the most dollars and both Mercedes and Toyota making the list for two or more such incentive packages. — USA Today

BP settlement attorney suspended

An attorney helping review claims in the on-going BP oil spill settlement has been suspended, allegedly because he collected fees for referring cases to a particular New Orleans law firm. — WVTM-TV

DAS North America breaks ground in Montgomery

Auto seat maker DAS North America broke ground Thursday for a $37 million, 400-worker plant in Montgomery. — Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce PR

Toyota moving forward with engine plant upgrades

Toyota said this week it plans to upgrade machine capacity for V-6 engines at its Huntsville plant, an investment of $150, and bring in about 125 workers in an expansion that was originally announced in May 2012. — Alabama Department of Commerce

Baxter picked to lead nonprofits group

Billy Baxter, executive for the Red Cross in Alabama, has been named CEO of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits. — AAN PR

Searcy to lead EDAA

Jim Searcy, who has been serving as head of the multi-county Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance, has been picked to lead the Economic Development Alliance of Alabama. — Mobile Press-Register

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio acquired

The Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, where music legends from the Rolling Stones to Willie Nelson to Art Garfunkel recorded, has been acquired by a foundation that hopes to create a museum on the site. — al.com

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