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Top News Links: Tuesday, Oct. 16

Alabama homeowners among lead plaintiffs in class action over Libor rate

Couple who refinanced Dog River home near Mobile among five plaintiffs challenging 12 major banks they say damaged their mortgages and finances by illegally manipulating the Libor rate. — Financial Times

Financial industry spends $18 million on lobbyists

Five financial industry groups spent more than $4.5 million for outside lobbyists to influence national policy, more than $18 million when in-house lobbyists are included, according to IRS records. — Bond Buyer Online

Anticipated effects of ThyssenKrupp sale

Sale of ThyssenKrupps's Alabama plants will have little effect on the price of steel, but could help another producer replace outdated mills with updated version, trade magazine predicts. — Metal Miner

Creative strategies at Chevron include Gulf of Mexico oil

Chevron's strategies, including Gulf of Mexico oil exploration, keep it agile, analyst says. — Seeking Alpha

Craft soda maker teams with Gulf Distributing

Mobile-based Gulf Distributing will add Boylan Bottling's craft soda line to its shelves along the Alabama Gulf Coast and the Florida panhandle. — Market Watch

Wallace State wins grant for "green" incubator

Wallace State Community College received a $200,000 grant from the state to help kick off its incubator for entrepreneurial businesses, especially ones with an environmentally-conscious product or service. — Cullman Times

Factory worker shortage hasn't hit yet, group says

Boston Consulting Group says that a shortage of factory workers may be on the horizon, but it isn't here yet, because so far wages aren't jumping up and industry isn't training its own workers. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Huntsville export conference set for next week

Local and federal trade groups will lead conference helping high-tech firms learn how to market software and technology overseas without violating U.S. laws. — Huntsville Times

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