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Top News Links: Monday, Oct. 5

Tennessee eyes potential for Volkswagen clawbacks

Tennessee lawmakers will review the state’s investment of hundreds of millions in incentives for Volkswagen AG’s Chattanooga plant and provisions for recouping money if the company’s emissions-cheating scandal threatens jobs. A Senate panel is scheduling a hearing in coming weeks on the affair’s impact on the 2,400-worker factory, which builds Passats, and an expansion for a new sport-utility vehicle. – Bloomberg

OvenBird about to take flight in Birmingham

On Tuesday — after a long build-up that began when Food & Wine magazine proclaimed it one of America's "8 Amazing New Grill Restaurants" nearly a year and a half before the first fire was even lit — the doors will finally fling open the doors to OvenBird, a casual, live-fire restaurant that not only rekindles memories of Chef Chris Hastings' childhood camping trips, but also pays homage to Birmingham's history as city forged by fire. – AL.com

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is happening

Pacific trade ministers have reached a deal on the most sweeping trade liberalization pact in a generation that will cut trade barriers and set common standards for 12 countries, an official familiar with the talks said today. Leaders from a dozen Pacific Rim nations are poised to announce the pact later today. The deal could reshape industries and influence everything from the price of cheese to the cost of cancer treatments. – Huffington Post

Alabama highly ranked by Business Facilities

In recruitment of new industry, Alabama appears to be winning a "new War Between the States," according to a Hearst newspapers report. The Heart of Dixie and "other development-minded states" are winning this new war because of low sales and income taxes and right-to-work laws that hinder the formation of labor unions. Alabama was ranked No. 2 by Business Facilities in auto manufacturing and workforce development. – AL.com

‘Guitar House’ to be auctioned on Halloween

DeCaro Luxury Auctions has announced an absolute auction on Oct. 31 for the largest estate in Alabama, 7 Montagel Way, a 15-bedroom, 16 full and 6 half-bathroom mansion in the Shoal Creek community of Birmingham. The sprawling, 27-acre property features a horse riding arena, private pastures and direct access to several miles of riding trails in the Appalachian Mountains. – EINNews

Hammett resigns as Bentley’s chief of staff

Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday announced that Chief of Staff Seth Hammett will be resigning to join the private sector. A new leadership team will consist of Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration Blake Hardwich and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Jon Barganier. – BizJournals.com

Are state’s automotive jobs sustainable?

Manufacturing is more high-tech than anyone could have imagined and these jobs – especially in automotive work – require more advanced training than ever. While trade schools and universities work to pick up the slack, as we previously reported, many still worry that the job market could become saturated with qualified workers that will ultimately be unemployed when robotics become even more integrated in the manufacturing process. – BizJournals.com

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