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Top News Links: Thursday, March 12

Hyundai rumors still sounding good for Alabama

Hyundai Motor Co. plans to expand its U.S. factory, three people familiar with the matter say, hoping to ramp up production of SUVs as lower oil prices boost demand for trucks. Sales of the South Korean automaker's sedans such as the Elantra and Sonata are slowing in the U.S. as consumers take advantage of lower fuel prices to buy bigger vehicles. "It's a new assembly line right next to the current Alabama line. State of Alabama is negotiating final terms," one of the sources said, referring to the company's planned new production facility. – AutoNews.com

TVA to rely more on natural gas, renewables

The country’s largest public utility will rely more on natural gas and renewable energy in the future. On Monday, the Tennessee Valley Authority released its integrated resource plan for the next 20 years. The plan is a roadmap of how the utility intends to respond in good or bad economic times or during periods of more environmental regulation. – Montgomery Advertiser

UA’s SGA elects black president

For the first time in almost 40 years and just the second time in history, the University of Alabama's Student Government Association has a black president. With his election, Elliot Spillers, a junior business management major who is enrolled in the university's honors college, becomes the first African-American to lead the student government since 1976. – Inside Higher Ed

Bill would hike Accountability Act credits

A Republican senator is seeking to expand a state scholarship program that helps some families pay for private school. The Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee on Wednesday delayed a vote on a bill that would increase the collective yearly cap on donations to the program from $25 million to $35 million. The Alabama Accountability Act income gives tax credits for donations to private school scholarships. – AP/TimesDaily

Alabama BOE hates idea of new board

The Alabama State Board of Education is taking a stand in opposition to the Alabama Legislature. Legislation has been introduced that would move post-secondary education out of the State Board of Education's jurisdiction and create a new board of trustees. The board met Wednesday and unanimously approved a resolution and a letter, voicing their opposition to Senate Bill 191 and House Bill 199. – WWNTradio.com

EDPA elects five new directors

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama on Tuesday announced it has elected five new members to its board of directors. The new leadership for EDPA includes five business and industry leaders from around the state, according to a release from EDPA. BizJournals

Alabama grads find home in moving business

Two University of Alabama graduates have become part of the largest franchised moving company both in the United States and internationally, and they are currently part of the ‚Ä®company’s expansion to the West Coast. Two Men and a Truck is the largest mainstream moving company in the U.S. – UA.edu

Big steaks are headed this way

Texas-based Perry's Steakhouse & Grille will open its first Alabama restaurant in October in the former TGI Friday's location at 4 Perimeter Park South off U.S. 280 in Birmingham, the company announced today. The Birmingham steakhouse will be the family-owned restaurant group's 13th location and only its third outside of Texas. – AL.com

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