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Top News Links: Wednesday, June 3

Hyundai: If we expand do you have the workers?

With reports that Hyundai is looking to build more cars in the U.S., the company's U.S. CEO is raising questions about whether Montgomery has enough workers. Hyundai America CEO David Zuchowski said if the car company adds another plant in Alabama, it would place a burden on the labor force. He reportedly has said he doesn't think Montgomery is providing enough workers with the proper skills. But Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says that's not the case. – Alabama News Net

Regions celebrates making a difference in June

Throughout the month of June, Regions Bank is celebrating nonprofit organizations that serve people with disabilities through the What a Difference a Day Makes program. The public is encouraged to learn more about these 19 organizations and vote for a deserving agency. The winner will receive $5,000 and 100 volunteer hours. Why organizations serving people with disabilities? 2015 is the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law. – News release

Aston Martin considering move to hybrids

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer recently outlined the possibility for future hybrid models to Autocar at the 2015 Nürburgring 24 Hour race, a major endurance race held at the legendary racecourse in Nürburg, Germany last month. Aston Martin is also seriously considering plans to open up a factory in Alabama (near where Mercedes makes SUVs) to produce its first ever crossover model which will launch in 2019, in an attempt to sell 15,000 cars a year. – Mashable

Kinedyne says it’s moving to Prattville

A longtime Lawrence manufacturer says it will close its production center later this year and move its operations to Alabama. The Lawrence Journal-World reports Kinedyne, which makes cargo straps and similar products, is moving the work to Prattville, Alabama, "later this summer." – WIBW.com

Bayer, Doster work at improving Inverness

Doster Construction Co. has announced it will provide construction services for the Inverness Plaza retail improvements project. Bayer Properties will serve as the project's manager, while Doster will serve as general contractor, according to a release from Doster Construction this week. CMH Architects Inc. is the architect of record. – BizJournals.com

Venerable mural restored at Lyric Theater

It's not often you get a chance to see huge 38 foot long, 9 foot high work of art up close, especially after it was restored to its original splendor.  I got that chance recently at the historic Lyric Theater, as I was able to walk right up to "Allegory of the Muses". The mural was painted in 1913 by Birmingham artist Harry Hawkins when the theater was built. Hawkins was a student of John Singer Sargent at the Chicago Art Institute. – AL.com

Agency fee bill moving through committee

An Alabama House budget committee has approved a bill that would let state agencies raise fees to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. The House Ways and Means General Fund Committee on Tuesday approved one of the few revenue ideas that has gotten traction this session. The Senate-passed bill would let a state agency raise fees every five years. The change could not exceed an increase of 2 percent per year. – AP/Houston Chronicle

Despite resignation, Fuller probe continues

The federal judges investigating U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller said Monday his conduct might be grounds for impeachment, indicating they haven’t dropped the case even though Fuller announced he’ll resign in two months. Fuller, whose courtroom was in Montgomery, was charged with misdemeanor battery in August after his then-wife made an emergency call from an Atlanta hotel room. His caseload was suspended and the criminal charge was dropped after he completed domestic violence counseling. – Montgomery Advertiser

NLRB certifies Golden Dragon Copper workers

The National Labor Relations Board certified May 29 the United Steelworkers as the exclusive bargaining representative for production, maintenance and warehouse workers at Golden Dragon Copper in Wilcox County. "The state of Alabama promised the company $120 million in tax breaks over 20 years, so we want to ensure that these are good jobs and Golden Dragon employs local workers," USW District 9 Director Daniel Flippo said in a prepared statement. – AL.com

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