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Top News Links: Wednesday, Oct. 2

Layoffs announced at BFGoodrich in Tuscaloosa

Tiremaker BFGoodrich announced yesterday it is laying off employees from the 1,100-worker plant in Tuscaloosa immediately, saying fewer than 10 percent of the employees would be affected. — Tuscaloosa News

Teachers raises unlikely in 2015, legislator says

A state legislator who fought to trim the 2014 raise for teachers from 2 percent to 1 percent, now says he does not expect any teacher raises in 2015. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

State fiscal year ends with small surplus

The state's general fund — boosted with a transfer of $437 million from the Education Trust Fund — ended the year with a $3 million surplus, less than 1 percent. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Southern Research to investigate effect of chemicals on human development

Southern Research Institute has been awarded  $70 million grant to study the effects of chemical exposure on human development. — Birmingham News

Huntsville developer promotes mixed-use project

Huntsville developer Charlie Sealy is working with the city for permissions to create a mix of residential, retail and restaurants on what's now a city parking lot. — Huntsville Times

BBA honors Birmingham small businesses

Bob Dickerson of Birmingham Business Resource Center, wins top honors at Birmingham Business Alliance event; will teach at Samford's business school in coming year. – WVTM-TV Birmingham

Kia seat maker plans Georgia plant

Hyundai Dymos, which makes seats for Kia vehicles, has announced plans for a new $35 million, 350-worker plant in West Point, Georgia, slated to open in fall 2014. — Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Utility commission rejects request for rate review

In a two-to-one vote, public service commissioners refused a request from AARP to review Alabama Power Company rate structures. — al.com

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