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Top News Links: Monday, Nov. 16

Automaking tied to Japan up 11.5 percent

U.S. jobs at manufacturing plants, research and development facilities and dealer networks tied to Japanese automakers grew 11.5 percent last year, for a total of 1.52 million positions. That data, found in a new report from the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association USA, underscores the companies' robust growth across the country, including Alabama. – AL.com

Birmingham’s business visitors sample local fare

Business and government leaders from Japan and the Southeastern U.S. are in Birmingham this week for an annual conference, and some of them got an authentic taste of the city Sunday. Breweries and barbecue joints from across the metro area supplied samples for a "Brews and Barbecue" tour put on for attendees of SEUS Japan 38, which aims to strengthen cultural ties and expand commercial opportunities. – AL.com

VictoryLand aiming to be open for Christmas

VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor announced through his lawyer last week that he plans to have his electronic bingo casino reopened in time for the Christmas holiday season, which is welcome news to 2,000 or so folks who will be newly employed there. – Montgomery Advertiser

Bentley says state closed to Syrian resettlers

The governors of Alabama and Michigan said Sunday that they would not resettle any refugees from Syria in their states, amid reports that at least one of the Paris attackers slipped through Europe’s immigration system and concerns about “gaping holes” impacting America’s screening process. – Fox

Hillary Clinton proposes plan to shift coal jobs

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday proposed a $30 billion plan to help displaced workers in coal-producing areas find new jobs and continue receiving health benefits as the country shifts to using renewable energy and more natural gas. – Gazette Union‚Äč

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