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Top News Links: Tuesday, November 14

Hyundai denies reports on expansion in Montgomery

Hyundai Motor Co. is denying a report that it is planning an expansion of its Montgomery plant next year. Business Korea is reporting that the company plans on expanding the Montgomery plant with a $270 million investment in the second half of next year. This would allow the plant to produce the mid-sized Tucson SUV, the subcompact Kona, and a pickup, reports said. – AL.com

First workers are settling in at GE SiC factory

Ohio-based GE Aviation says initial personnel and special processing equipment are taking occupancy in GE Aviation’s new factory complex in Huntsville, America’s first center for mass-producing silicon carbide (SiC) materials used to manufacture ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). The $200 million center is comprised of two adjacent factories on 100 acres. One factory will produce SiC ceramic fiber, the raw material used to make the unidirectional CMC tape being produced in the neighboring factory. The CMC tape will be used to fabricate CMC components for jet engines and land-based gas turbines. – Composites World

Why does the iPhone X cost more than my first car?

The components in Apple Inc.’s new iPhone X cost $115 more than the guts of the iPhone 8 because of its pricey new screen and facial recognition scanner, according to an analysis by IHS Markit Inc. The total bill of materials for the base model iPhone X with 64 gigabytes of storage is $370.25, according to IHS’s report, excluding costs like research and development, manufacturing and software. – ANC

U.S. Steel looks to partner with Birmingham on project

U.S. Steel is seeking to partner with the city of Birmingham in the development of a high-tech industrial park on 40 acres south of Barber Motorsports Park. In the development agreement, the city would fund $4.6 million in road construction and grading of the undeveloped property, according to the city. – AL.com

Birmingham student a finalist in national tech competition

Four students have been named National Finalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology after earning top spots in one of two regional competitions that took place this past weekend. The competition is the nation's premier science research competition for high school students. Kenneth Jiao of Birmingham earned top individual honors and a $3,000 scholarship for discovering a new role of genes that could link to breast cancer metastasis. – BusinessWire

Tuskegee mayor: T-100 plant would lift region

Sitting in the back seat of an F-16 jet on a flight over Tuskegee, Mayor Tony Haygood looked down at Moton Field and envisioned the historic airfield’s future as the production site of the U.S. Air Force’s next jet training aircraft. – Made In Alabama

Judge rules Collier suit against Bentley can proceed

A Montgomery County judge ruled last week to deny the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier against former Gov. Robert Bentley. Circuit Judge Greg Griffin ruled Thursday that all but two counts in the civil lawsuit can proceed. – Selma Times

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