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Top News Links: Monday, May 19

Auto suppliers need bricks and sticks

The dam has broken. North American vehicle production has grown to the point where it's no longer enough for suppliers to run an extra shift to keep up with customer demand. After years of dragging their feet, companies have no choice but to build or expand factories -- and that's precisely what they're doing. – Auto News

PSC’s Dunn has 3 GOP opponents

Public Service Commissioner Terry Dunn drew pushback last year when he sought formal hearings on the rates charged by Alabama Power and natural gas companies. This election season he is drawing opposition from three Republicans who disagreed with him and are seeking to unseat him. – AP/Houston Chronicle

Remington spanks N.Y. senator

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has lost his “assault weapons” jobs. Remington Outdoor Company announced it’s moving its Bushmaster rifle and Remington Model 1911 pistol production lines from its nearly 200-year-old plant in Ilion, New York, to its new facility in much more gun-rights-friendly Huntsville. – Forbes

Publix anchors new Birmingham development

Publix Super Markets will build a grocery store in the heart of downtown Birmingham at 20th Street and Third Avenue South as part of a new $30 million development. – AL.com

State’s jobless rate up for 3rd month

Alabama’s unemployment rate rose for the third straight month, hitting 6.9 percent in April according to preliminary numbers released Friday by the state. – Montgomery Advertiser

Snapper limits discourage many

A leader in Alabama's charter fishing business says that new federal limits on red snapper will hurt the state's struggling recreational industry. The president of the Orange Beach Fishing Association, Tom Steber, said there's a chance some anglers won't even bother to fish after regulators cut the season to nine days. – AP/Comox Valley Echo

Alabama not among construction gains

Construction firms added jobs in 39 states and the District of Columbia over the past 12 months and in 29 states and D.C. between March and April according to Labor Department data. New Jersey lost the most jobs, at 9,300. Alabama was third on that list, losing 1,800 jobs. – AGC of America

Intergraph releases SmartPlant Fusion 2014

Intergraph has released SmartPlant Fusion 2014, the latest version of its breakthrough solution for engineering, procurement and construction companies and plant operators to rapidly find, capture, organize, link and visualize large volumes of information through a simple web portal. – Intergraph news release

Fairview Farmers Market to stay open

Despite the loss of financial support from Alabama State University, the Fairview Farmers Market in Montgomery has found a way to keep its doors open. – Montgomery Advertiser

Loren Traylor joining BBA team

Loren Traylor will join the Birmingham Business Alliance as vice president of investor relations, beginning June 16. She previously worked in business development for Wyle Laboratories in Huntsville. – BBA news release

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