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Top News Links: Friday, Nov. 1

Mercedes thinking beyond C-Class for Tuscaloosa

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Tuscaloosa County, already gearing up to add the C-Class sedan to its current all-SUV line-up, may be in line for additional products, a company official says. — Wall Street Journal

Boeing to add some 777x aircraft design in Huntsville

Boeing Co. announced to employees yesterday that it is moving design of its new 777x aircraft to five sites, including Huntsville; no word on where plane will be built. — Christian Science Monitor

Steel producers awaiting news of Alabama plant sales

The U.S. steel industry is abuzz with talk that a deal is close for purchase of the ThyssenKrupp plant at Calvert and possibly the slab mill in Brazil, to a three-company team of ArcelorMittal, US Steel and Nippon Steel & Sumimoto Metals.  — Platts

Jefferson County, creditors settle bankruptcy exit plan

Jefferson County commissioners yesterday approved a plan to get out of bankruptcy, winning $300 million in concessions from creditors and rate increases topping 7 percent per year for the next four years. — WVTM-TV Birmingham

Bill would keep lawmakers from quitting for lobbying jobs

A new bill proposed by Sen. Del Marsh would prevent lawmakers from leaving the state legislature and reappearing there as lobbyists. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Small business lending dips

Small Business Administration lending to Alabama businesses dropped this year, down to $193 million from $219 million last year. — Birmingham Business Journal

Outdoor writers to meet in Eufaula

An organization of Southeastern outdoor writers, the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, has planned its annual gathering at Eufaula's Lakepoint State Park; promoters hope the gathering prompts increased tourism. — Birmingham News

Auburn adds virtual business incubator program

Auburn University's business incubator has added a new program to allow start-up businesses to take advantage of services without operating from space in the incubator itself. — Auburn PR

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