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Top News Links: Thursday, Oct. 29

US judge bars Alabama from defunding Planned Parenthood clinics

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Alabama from defunding Planned Parenthood clinics amid controversy over the release of covertly recorded videos about the reproductive health organization's handling of aborted fetal tissue. – Reuters

Austal USA awarded $53.4 million contract

Austal USA has been awarded a $53.4 million contract to procure long-lead materials needed to build the 11th Expeditionary Fast Transport for the U.S. Navy at the company's facilities in Mobile. – Fox10TV

Survey: Business confidence in Alabama wanes in 4Q

A recent survey of business executives in Alabama shows that the state's growing economy may be tempered in the fourth quarter of 2015. Although business confidence is still remaining positive at 51.2 in Alabama, results from the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce Alabama Business Confidence Index show that business confidence in all of the state's major metros are down. – Birmingham Business Journal

Layoffs looming at Tuscaloosa auto supplier

Tuscaloosa auto supplier Faurecia Interior Systems is laying off up to 132 people due to decreased customer demand for the products built at the facility. The layoffs are scheduled for Dec. 18. – AL.com

Could Calif. drought bring flood of business to Alabama farmers?

Nearly 100 people listened as a speaker described how to massively increase Alabama’s farm production and pump millions into the state economy, while helping to fill the produce demand left by a water-starved California. – Montgomery Advertiser‚Äč

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