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Top News Links: Friday, May 10

Hyundai considers new China plant; new U.S. plants on hold

Faced with production at capacity in its plants, Hyundai — with a major plant in Montgomery — has been expected to announced new plants, possibly another plant in Alabama; but company leaders said this week that while they may add a fourth plant in China, plans for a new U.S. plant are on hold because of "currency risks." — Fox Business

Updates from the Legislature

House, Senate approve $1.7 billion budget; courts could face layoffs, other departments also left with funding woes. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

House, Senate vote to oust teacher group leader from retirement board. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Developers could get tax credit up to $5 million for renovating historic properties. — Birmingham Business Journal

Minor changes approved for Accountability Act. — Anniston Star

Legislators approve $5.77 billion education budget with 2 percent raise for teachers. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Senate approves gun bill, over Business Council of Alabama concerns. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Anniston Hospital completes expansion

Stringfellow Memorial Hospital in Anniston has completed a $7.4 million expansion to add operating rooms, recovery bays and related facilities. — Anniston Star

Mobile hospital up for sale

A hospital in west Mobile that began as independent Knollwood, became part of the University of South Alabama system and then was leased to be part of the Mobile Infirmary system is officially up for sale; USA trustees voted yesterday to sell the property, which has been closed since 2012. — Mobile Press-Register

Calhoun wins $50,000 grant from ARC

Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a $50,000 grant to Calhoun Community College to purchase equipment for the college's welding program. — Calhoun PR

Montgomery plans downtown art trail

Seven Montgomery banks will be participating in a new downtown art trail with each bank providing a work of outdoor art. — Montgomery Advertiser

State Rep. Barry Mask to lead realtors group

Barry Mask, a state representative from Coosa and Elmore Counties, has been chosen as CEO of the Alabama Association of Realtors. — Wetumpka Herald

Alabama firms win military contracts

Huntsville's Wyle Laboratories has been chosen for a $29 million contract, shared with two other companies, for Navy readiness projects; Boeing Co.'s contract for foreign sales support for the Apache III helicopter was upped by $26 million, and Huntsville's Alatec Inc. won a $7.5 million contract for Army planning, analytical and modeling support. — al.com

AT&T wins Commerce kudos for system improvements

Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield congratulated AT&T for its $1.4 billion improvements to wireless and wireline serves in the past three years. — Department of Commerce

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