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Top News Links: Thursday, Nov. 20

Boeing confirms layoffs in SLS project

Boeing confirmed Wednesday evening it will begin issuing layoff notices to a small percentage of its 1,000 Huntsville employees on Friday. Spokeswoman Patti Soloveichik did not specify how many workers will be affected by the layoffs, but said more information will be available Thursday. She confirmed the layoffs are related to NASA's Space Launch System, a deep space rocket. The affected employees will work at the Huntsville facility through late January. – AL.com

Do heavy-golfing CEOs underperform?

Many business people who play golf says there's no better place to conduct their companies' affairs than on the links. Shareholders in the companies with CEOs who golf heavily might take issue with that idea in light of a recent study by professors Lee Biggerstaff of Miami University of Ohio, David Cicero of the University of Alabama and Andy Puckett of the University of Tennessee. Their study, published by Social Science Research Network, finds that CEOs play more golf when they have lower equity-based incentives. – Newsmax

Opinion: Unions aren’t the problem

We have a problem with nuance around here. There are no shades of gray in this state. Everything either is or it isn't. It's yes or no. Dirty or clean. Good or bad. And so it goes with unions. It is impossible to admit that unions have done some bad things, not been the best advocates at times for the dues-paying members they're supposed to protect, but then also argue that unions are good for America. And particularly good for Alabama workers. But it's the truth. – Montgomery Advertiser

ThyssenKrupp resumes dividend payments

Germany's biggest steelmaker ThyssenKrupp is resuming dividend payments a year earlier than expected, signalling confidence in a turnaround with the promise of a modest payout for shareholders after it beat profit forecasts. – Reuters

UA marks Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Two STEM Path To The MBA students are at the United Nations in New York City representing The University of Alabama, the Culverhouse College of Commerce and the College of Engineering at the inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. Wednesday was Women’s Entrepreneurship Day in New York City, and UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce sponsored Rachel Ramey, a junior in civil engineering, and Melissa Jenkins, a senior in computer science, to attend the conference. – News release

Austal runs afoul of OSHA

Federal labor officials have issued 12 citations to a coastal Alabama shipbuilding company and are proposing that it pay a $41,500 fine. U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials said Wednesday that among the nine serious violations the Austal USA ship building company has been cited for is failing to install railings on all staircases, allowing workers to be overexposed to copper fumes during welding and failing to ensure that employees follow safety procedures. – AL.com

Foley moving ahead with Blue Collar Country

The City of Foley and the developers of Blue Collar Country are moving ahead with the first phase of development of the city’s sports tourism complex, events center and the first of two hotels. The facilities will be located near Baldwin County 20 and the Foley Beach Express. The Wolf Bay Lodge Restaurant sits right in the middle of what will soon become boomtown for Foley. WPMI

EPA plans Turnerville public meeting

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Turnerville Volunteer Fire Department, 13145 Highway 43 North, Axis, Alabama. Representatives from EPA will be available to answer questions about the Stauffer Chemical Superfund Sites Operable Unit 3 Cold Creek Swamp Remedial Design/Action and construction that is planned to begin in early 2015. – News release

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