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Top News Links: Monday, November 6

High court ruling cuts wiggle room for city zoners

An Alabama Supreme Court ruling on a Birmingham construction project could leave city councils across the state with a little less wiggle room in zoning decisions - and possibly subject developers to additional delays while even the most minor changes are considered. The Oct. 27 ruling concerned a lawsuit over a 17-story apartment complex being built in the Five Points South section of Birmingham. It didn't necessarily settle that case: Work on the Vesta complex didn't stop, and other litigation is ongoing. – AL.com

Redline Steel CEO turns failure into success

Redline Steel Founder and CEO Colin Wayne Erwin is a social media guru disguised as the unassuming owner of a home decor steel company. The 28-year-old self-described "serial entrepreneur" talks about his mishaps and failures before talking about his successes in social media or steel. In fact, Erwin talks freely about one business mishap, opening an Extreme Nutrition store in south Huntsville that was only in operation for six months. – AL.com

That’s not your grandpa’s fried chicken

The chicken for sale at your local grocery store isn't like the chicken your grandparents used to eat. They're bigger and more "breasty," says public health journalist Maryn McKenna — and that's by design. "In the United States, we much prefer to eat white meat, and so we have bred chickens and genetically redesigned chickens in order for them to have a lot of breast meat," McKenna says. She attributes the change in poultry to factors like precision breeding, hormones and nutrition, but adds, "Antibiotics started this process." – APR

Hyundai Motor Group to give locals more authority

Hyundai Motor Group surprised analysts last week by announcing a company wide restructuring. According to Korean media reports, the auto company will replace its traditional command-and-control model for a business model giving more authority to regional subsidiaries. Instead of all moves going through corporate headquarters in Seoul, the company is moving to a model closer to competitors such as Honda and Toyota. – AL.com

Zacks cuts Warrior Met Coal to hold rating

Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Warrior Met Coal Inc. (NYSE:HCC) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Tuesday, October 24th. According to Zacks, “Warrior Met Coal, Inc. is a producer and exporter of premium metallurgical coal. It operates primarily in Alabama. Warrior Met Coal, Inc. is based in Brookwood, United States.” – Dispatch Tribunal

Doug Jones marches on in complicated Alabama campaign

Doug Jones looked up at his audience in a fluorescent-lit university lecture hall and declared that the choice for Senate between him and Republican Roy Moore in an upcoming special election couldn’t be clearer. Moore, the controversial ex-judge, has said that “homosexual conduct should be illegal” and Muslims shouldn’t serve in Congress. He would continue the “divisive” and “hateful” rhetoric that has been present in Alabama and inject “chaos into chaos” in Washington, Jones said. – Washington Post

Farewell, Kmart, we hardly knew ye

Kmart’s long stay in Alabama is over. On Thursday, officials with Sears Holding announced 45 Kmart locations would be closing in January 2018. Slated for closure is the chain’s location in Albertville – the last Kmart store in Alabama. Albertville was left as the state’s only Kmart location after the closures of the Athens and Tuscaloosa stores earlier this year. The Albertville store has been open for more than 30 years, according to Mayor Tracy Honea. – Gears of Biz

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