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Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 18

Bentley to announce development today

A British pharmaceutical company set to open in Birmingham is expected to bring up to 200 new jobs when fully operational, officials said. Governor Robert Bentley, along with Mayor William Bell and Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens this afternoon will officially announce plans for the $29 million facility. – AL.com

Alabama in running for $1.2B plant

Mississippi appears to be the favored location for a proposed $1.2 billion aluminum mill that would hire 650 or more workers to supply aluminum for auto bodies. American Specialty Alloys announced plans to build the plant Monday. The company won't say what locations it's considering, but Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Alabama are also in the hunt. – ArkansasBusiness.com

‘Miss Alice’ dies in Monroeville

Alice Lee, the sister of the famous "To Kill a Mockingbird" author and an influential Alabama lawyer and church leader in her own right, has died. Johnson Funeral Home in Monroeville, the south Alabama home of Alice and Harper Lee, has posted an online notice saying Lee died Monday. No cause of death was given, and the announcement says arrangements are incomplete. – AP/ABC News

Four Alabama projects OK’d for restoration

Governor Robert Bentley on Monday announced the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved $9.6 million for four Alabama projects that address high priority conservation needs to restore some of Alabama’s natural resources affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. – Gulf Coast News Today

The scary new world of political fundraising

“The way to motivate extremely wealthy folks to get involved with you is mostly through fear — and that’s fear of the other guy. Especially for Democrats, when you look at where the donors are, they’re in New York and California, and that drives the conversation from the fundraiser’s point of view because you want to motivate an Upper East Side liberal to get excited about a candidate in Alabama.” – Salon

Neal Wade joins UA development team

Veteran economic developer Neal Wade has joined The University of Alabama Research and Economic Development team as director of its new Economic Development Academy. His appointment is effective immediately. – UA News

Wilcox County plant workers to unionize

Workers at a Wilcox County plant highlighted by Gov. Robert Bentley during his re-election campaign voted to unionize earlier this month, despite the governor's objections. The outcome was as close as it could be. According to the National Labor Relations Board, which oversees union elections, 75 people at the GD Copper USA plant in Pine Hill voted to join the United Steelworkers on Nov. 7, while 74 voted against. – Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama among worst for child homelessness

The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence. States with the best scores at fighting child homelessness were Minnesota, Nebraska and Massachusetts. At the bottom were Alabama, Mississippi and California. – AP/Huffington Post

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