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Top News Links: Monday, May 6

No new U.S. Hyundai plants, leader says

Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-koo told reporters in Korea that he does not anticipate building any more plants in the U.S., as he left on a trip to visit his company's Hyundai plant in Montgomery and the Kia plant in Georgia. — Reuters

Despite broad support, payday loan bill looks dead

Though liberal and conservative groups and lawmakers joined forces to reform the high-interest payday loan industry, industry lobbyists appear to have killed the bill. — Montgomery Advertiser

Gurley quarry battle moves to Alabama Supreme Court

The long-running dispute over a quarry in Gurley will be argued before the Alabama Supreme Court, with arguments slated for this Wednesday. — Huntsville Times

Profits down, but revenues and product shipments up at Vulcan

While Vulcan Materials saw a dip in gross profit from $22 million to $18 million, the Birmingham company's revenues were up slightly, and cement, concrete and aggregates shipments were all up. — World Cement

ThyssenKrupp mill talks

German steelmaker in "intensive" talks with South American CSN. — Reuters

Lee Brass announces expansion

Anniston-based Lee Brass is increasing its work force by 30 percent to meet a demand for lead-free alloys. — Lee Brass PR

Harper Lee sues over Mockingbird rights

Monroeville Pulitzer-prize winning author Harper Lee has filed suit against her literary agent, claiming that he tricked her into signing over rights to her book, To Kill a Mockingbird. — The Guardian

Barge and tug operators lobby for federal support

Waterborne shipping interests in river route states including Alabama are lobbying to up federal funding for waterways, even in a cutback-conscious Congress. — Reuters

Auburn bank named to elite list

Auburn National Bancorporation Inc. has been named to the KBW Bank Honor Roll, one of 47 banks so honored. — Businesswire

Alabama Congressman questions use of Chinese bandwidth

Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers has called into question a Pentagon decision to use communications capabilities of a Chinese commercial satellite, saying China could "turn off our eyes and ears." — Bloomberg

Overview of changes for Alabama Medicaid

State health officer offers overview of proposed changes to Alabama Medicaid program, in Q&A with Birmingham News. — al.com

Seamus Tuohy to lead Von Braun Center

Seamus Tuohy has been named executive director of Huntsville's Von Braun Center effective June 10; Tuohy has been director of space systems at Draper Labororatory in Massachusetts. — Huntsville Chamber of Commerce

Intermark acquires Buzz12

Birmingham's Intermark Group, one of the South's leading communication company's, has acquired Buzz12, a public relations and social media agency serving clients that include Induron Protective Coatings and ITAC. — Intermark PR

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