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Top News Links: Friday, Nov. 30

Alabama Hondas off to Korea

Honda models made in Alabama will be among those the automaker offers to Korean customers under terms of a new trade agreement. — Wall Street Journal

ThyssenKrupp looks to cut costs

ThyssenKrupp, the German company that owns two steel mills near Mobile, plans to cut worldwide operating costs by about $2.6 billion over the next three years, according to reports in a German newspaper. — 4 Traders

Sessions urges open meetings on financial negotiations

Sen. Jeff Sessions yesterday called for open negotiations on national budget issues instead of closed committee work. — Weekly Standard

Cleveland paper may trim publication days

Cleveland's 170-year-old Plain Dealer may cut its publication schedule in the coming weeks; paper is owned by Advance Publications that trimmed three Alabama papers to three days a week while adding digital daily versions. — Tribune Review

Workforce issues slow construction recovery

Despite five years of construction slump when 2.2 million workers were dismissed across the country, the construction industry is facing worker shortages now that demand for new homes is increasing. — Montgomery Advertiser

Regions CEO named to Fortune "top" list

Regions Financial CEO Grayson Hall ranked number 42 on Fortune's list of the top 50 businesspeople of the year, winning kudos for his turnaround of the Birmingham-based bank. — Money/CNN

Diesel risk to truckers?

Alabama A&M scientists study health effect of breathing exhaust on truck drivers. — AAMU PR

Expansion complete at Huntsville airport

Huntsville officials yesterday celebrated completion of a $92 million expansion over the past five years; final upgrade featured improved baggage handling facilities. — Huntsville Times

Visit focuses on Nordic trade

State and federal officials met around Alabama this week, talking about strategies for marketing Alabama products in Norway and inviting Norwegian tourists to the state. — al.com

Hotel planned in Oxford

New Hilton brand hotel planned in Oxford signals upturn in economy. — Anniston Star

HMA warns investors on coverage

Health Management Associates Inc., which operates hospitals in Gadsden and Anniston, has warned investors that an upcoming 60 Minutes episode may reflect badly on the company. — al.com

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