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Top News Links: Friday, Oct. 2

Aston Martin layoffs may come before plant decision

Luxury automaker Aston Martin looks set to shed jobs as part of a restructure being implemented by its CEO Andy Palmer. The UK-based firm is believed to be planning to ax a small proportion of its workforce of 2,100 as part of a root and branch departmental review. The latest development comes amid expansion plans, with the firm thought to be close to announcing the location for a new plant, potentially in Alabama. – Birmingham (UK) Post

Former Governor Fob James sues son Patrick

Former Gov. Fob James is suing one of his sons claiming fraud in the family's landfill business in southwestern Alabama. The Montgomery Advertiser reports the 81-year-old James and his wife sued son Patrick James over the family-owned Escambia County Environmental Corp. The suit accuses Patrick James of wrongdoing while he acted as president of the company. – AlabamaNews.Net

Magic City tops for millennial entrepreneurs

Birmingham is the best city in the country for millennial entrepreneurs, according to a ranking from Thumbtack, a website that matches service providers to consumers. Thumbtack conducted a "small business friendliness survey" using data from almost 18,000 small business owners nationwide. Birmingham only ranked 16th for business owners of all ages. – AL.com

State taking heat for DMV closings

If you live in Alabama and need to register to vote before the 2016 presidential election, it just got a little harder, especially if you live in any of the counties where black Americans make up more than 75 percent of the registered voting population. Due to "budget constraints" 31 DMV offices are losing their driver's licenses examiners. – Sputnik

HealthSouth buys Reliant for $730 million

Birmingham-headquartered HealthSouth Corp. closed on its purchase of Reliant Hospital Partners for $730 million, the company announced Thursday. Reliant has 11 in-patient rehab hospitals in Texas, Massachusetts and Ohio, totaling 902 beds. Last year, Reliant had $210 million in revenues and had an adjusted EBITDA, which is a key profit measure, of $82 million. – AL.com

Alabama Innovation Fund awarding $4.5M

The Alabama Innovation Fund has awarded nearly $4.5 million to advance research being conducted at universities and other institutions, providing key support for programs that could generate new ventures and create jobs across the state. This year, the Alabama Innovation Fund is funding 14 projects at six different universities and two research-focused organizations, with the maximum award reaching $500,000. – Made In Alabama

Birmingham’s AWTC open and awesome

It’s taken four decades, but Birmingham now has its own permanent Alabama Workforce Training Center (AWTC) and it’s unlike any in the state. AIDT held an open house recently, declaring the 56,000-square-foot former warehouse at 3500 Sixth Ave. S. open, although it is already training workers for construction, manufacturing and other industries. – Yellowhammer

Development company committed to addressing suit

The president of an Alabama-based development company said Thursday that the firm is committed to addressing issues outlined in a federal housing discrimination suit. Gateway Construction Corp. President Amy Montgomery said the company was cooperating with a Department of Justice investigation of properties throughout the Southeast when it was named in a lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. – TribTown.com

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