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Top News Links: Monday, Oct. 7

Carpenter wins major contract for Tanner plant

Carpenter Technologies, with its Tanner plant slated to open next April, has been awarded a $600 million contract to provide speciality steel alloy products to UTC Technologies over the next 10 years. — Decatur Daily

Massive Decatur development sidelined

A major shopping center development planned for the outskirts of Decatur has dropped off the radar for a third time, despite promises of $40 million in incentives from local officials; developers blamed uncertainty over the federal government shutdown for their decision. — Huntsville Times

Birmingham celebrates lights at the Lyric

As REV Birmingham works to revitalize the city's downtown, hundreds of people took to the streets this weekend to celebrate the lights being turned on at the Lyric Theatre for the first time in years; the historic theatre is slated to reopen next year. – Birmingham News

Sikorsky changes mind on layoffs

After the Pentagon announced plans to recall 900,000 furloughed workers, Sikorsky announced that it will not lay off workers — including workers in Alabama — during the government shutdown. — USA Today

Signal hiring for Mississippi projects

Mobile-based Signal International has announced plans to hire some 500 workers at its Pascagoula shipyard to refurbish oil rigs. – Biloxi Sun Herald

Bankruptcy filing for Huntsville Country Club

Huntsville Country Club, in operation since 1925, has filed for bankruptcy saying it owes between $1 and $10 million with assets of less than $500,000. — Huntsville Times

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