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Top News Links: Monday, November 13

Tennessee apparently out of race for new auto plant

Another Southern state is no longer being considered as a site for the proposed $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda plant. The Jackson Sun is reporting that Tennessee economic development officials say the state's Memphis Regional Megasite has been removed from consideration for its new plant. The site, 30 miles outside Memphis and 12 miles outside Brownsville, has seen the state appropriate more than $140 million since it purchased the land in 2009. – AL.com

Blue Cross/Blue Shield appoints new president

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has named Tim Vines as its new president and chief operating officer. Terry Kellogg will continue to serve as CEO. After a transition period next year, Vines will succeed Kellogg as president and CEO, the company announced. – AL.com

Canfield leads delegation to Italian aerospace factory

Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield is leading an Alabama delegation traveling today to Italy, where the group will meet with executives of aerospace giant Leonardo and tour a factory where the company manufactures a jet trainer aircraft that could one day be produced in Alabama. – Made In Alabama

Medical Properties Trust donates $2.5M to UAB diabetes research

Four Birmingham businessmen did not bond over shared hobbies. Their common interest was rooted in finding a way to eradicate a disease that affects close to 30 million Americans, including members of their own families and company – diabetes. – ANC

UA School of Law receives $1.5 million gift

The University of Alabama School of Law has received a $1.5 million gift to fund a Constitutional law chair. The law school was gifted by a Florida attorney and investor Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. and with his father Hugh Culverhouse Sr., who is a 1947 graduate of the school. The gift will establish the Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. Chair in Constitutional Law. – AP/USN&WR

o2ideas celebrates 50 years with special brew

Birmingham advertising and public relations firm o2ideas is celebrating a half-century in business with a limited-edition double IPA created by Cahaba Brewing Co. Putting a spin on the firm's slogan "Make Happy Happen," customers can sip "Make Hoppy Happen" in the taproom on Fifth Avenue South. – AL.com

Roy Moore reactions continue all across the board

Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore faced a fresh onslaught of Republican repudiation on Sunday, with one top GOP senator calling on the controversial ex-judge to drop his campaign in the wake of allegations that Moore pursued relationships with teenage girls when he was in his early 30s. – USA Today

‘Saturday Night Live’ skewers Moore, Alabama

"Saturday Night Live" took a break from ribbing President Donald Trump this week and instead set its sights on Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is facing allegations of having improper relationships with teenagers when he was in his 30s. The show kicked off with Vice President Mike Pence, played by Beck Bennett, imploring Moore, played by Mikey Day, to remove himself from his Senate race. – NBC

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