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Top News Links: Monday, Oct. 6

Alabama near top in giving

Even as the income gap widens, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income people are donating a larger share, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Utah residents are the nation's most generous, donating $65.60 to charity for every $1,000 they earned. Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee — also with high proportions of loyal churchgoers — were next in the rankings. – AP/El Paso Inc.

Hyundai sales slow, but not production

Hyundai’s American sales slowed in September, but production at the Montgomery plant did not. Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama fell 35 vehicles short of setting a new production high for 2014, rolling out 35,709 Sonata and Elantra vehicles last month. Hyundai Motor America sold 56,010 vehicles in September, up slightly over 2013 but down from August. – Montgomery Advertiser

Federal judge scrambles egg case

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Alabama and five other states asking the court to strike down a California law barring the sale of eggs in the state produced by hens in cramped living conditions. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller dismissed the suit Thursday, giving California a major victory in a cross-country battle that pitted animal protections against the economic interests of farmers in the South and Midwest. – News Courier

U.S. Supreme Court to review redistricting

Democrats and black lawmakers contend that Republican leaders in Alabama drew a new legislative map that illegally packed black voters into too few voting districts to limit minority political power. Republicans say they complied with the law by keeping the same number of districts in which black voters could elect candidates of their choice. – PBS

Alabama wins ag research funding

Alabama will receive almost $474,000 in funding to distribute to 19 specific project initiatives that have been approved as part of USDA’s 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program awards. “We are pleased to partner with USDA and administer the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program in Alabama,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan. – Alabama ADI

Experts tour Brasfield & Gorrie site

An international group of water and wastewater professionals recently visited Brasfield & Gorrie’s jobsite at South Wastewater Treatment Plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as part of the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference. – News release

Roofer expands in Greenville

Dallas-based Roofing Supply Group LLC has expanded its S.C. presence to Greenville, employing eight people in its office, warehouse and storage location at 2932 Grandview Drive. The company plans to serve customers in Greenville, Anderson and Spartanburg counties within a 60-minute radius. – GSA Business

Robins & Morton earns 2nd LEED

Robins & Morton earns its second LEED for Healthcare Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for work on the new HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts. The $27 million hospital is one of only seven projects in the US to ever receive a LEED HC certification, which credits builders for using green methods. – News release

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