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Top News Links: Friday, November 10

Alabama’s Hyundai plant may be graduating to pickups

South Korea's Hyundai Motor is considering building its Tucson and Kona sport utility vehicles and its pickup truck at its sole U.S. factory to reverse a sales slump, Seoul Economic Daily reported on Friday. Hyundai aims to produce the Tucson and the pickup in Alabama in 2021, the report said, citing anonymous industry officials. The plant currently builds Sonata and Elantra sedans and Santa Fe SUVs. Hyundai told Reuters it had made no decision. – CNBC

Bombardier assembly line to add up to 500 jobs in Mobile

According to a regulatory filing from Bombardier, a proposed aircraft assembly line in Mobile could create 400 to 500 direct jobs in the area, and would represent an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars. Airbus and Canada-based Bombardier announced in October that they had agreed to form a partnership to build Bombardier's C Series passenger jets. Airbus CEO Tom Enders said "we intend to build a second Final Assembly Line in Mobile, serving U.S. customers." – AL.com

Bathroom bills could be an Amazon headquarters killer

As Amazon begins picking through 238 proposals from parts of North America to choose a home for its second corporate headquarters, observers say there is one thing that may help winnow out hopefuls. And it has direct bearing on Alabama. Birmingham and Huntsville were among the cities making a pitch, which could mean 50,000 jobs and $5 billion of investment for the lucky location. – AL.com

Responses to Roy Moore accusations all over the board

GOP officials from Alabama have been offering startling and occasionally bizarre responses when asked by reporters about the allegations that Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Alabama senator, had sexual encounters with underaged girls nearly 40 years ago. "It was 40 years ago," Alabama Marion County GOP chair David Hall reportedly said to Dale. "I really don't see the relevance of it. He was 32. She was supposedly 14.” – Business Insider

Auburn MBA online program moves up in ranking

Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business improved to No. 13 nationally among online MBA programs in The Princeton Review’s newly released ranking of top business schools. The college’s online MBA program earned a No. 10 national ranking from U.S. News & World Report earlier this year. – Auburn.edu

Russellville reaches for more trendy downtown

Mayor David Grissom appears excited when he see's everything that is happening downtown. For years, economic development efforts stagnated as just a few open businesses were scattered among several vacant buildings. That's not the case anymore. In June, the city's first loft apartments were opened. – News-Tribune

Alabama woman sentenced for grifting with fake cancer

An Alabama woman who duped kind-hearted donors into thinking she had cancer is headed to prison, a judge ordered Wednesday. Jennifer Flynn Cataldo was sentenced to 25 months behind bars for fraudulently raising more than $260,000 by falsely portraying herself as a terminal cancer patient from 2014 to 2017. – WHNT 

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