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Top News Links: Friday, March 23

New auto supply plant for Brookwood

Lear Corp., which makes seats and seat frames for Mercedes-Benz, announced plans for a $19.6 million plant in Brookwood. — Birmingham News

Dothan losing another business

Dothan's Sara Lee/Colonial bakery, sold just last November to  Bimbo Bakeriess USA, will close in May, leaving 128 people without jobs. — Dothan Eagle

BancTrust seeking buyer

Mobile's BancTrust, missing its target for new capital, is now searching for a buyer. — Mobile Press-Register

Alabama AG joins religious lawsuit

Saying mandated insurance coverage for contraception violates some people's religious views, Luther Strange has joined the state in a lawsuit organized by a Catholic activist. — MyFoxAL

Men predominate on public company boards

University of Alabama study says fewer than 10 percent of Alabama's public company board members are women. — Birmingham Business Journal

Bill would raise threshold for ethics filing

The legislature is considering a bill that would exempt state officials and employees from filing ethics return if their income is less than $75,000, a higher threshold than the current $50,000. — Montgomery Advertiser

Bill gives tax break for aircraft parts makers

Bill passed by state Senate would cut tax responsibilities – costing the Education Trust Fund  $2 or $3 million a year — in hope of luring jobs. — Birmingham News

Spanish Fort developers ask court for help

Bank and receivers involved in property  around Spanish Fort's Bass Pro Shop have appealed to the state Supreme Court for relief from special fees imposed to help repay municipal investments. — Mobile Press-Register

Birmingham incubator hatches businesses

Birmingham's Innovation Depot issues its annual report showing its companies had $152 million in sales last year. — Birmingham News

Front Porch festival slated for Gadsden on March 31

Back Forty Beer Company in Gadsden will host the first of several Front Porch festivals across the state, with food, spirits and music. — Gadsden Times

Credit bureaus just one more hurdle for ID theft victims

As new agency is poised to begin oversight of credit bureaus, FTC reports that credit bureaus make life even more difficult for victims of identify theft. — MSNBC

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