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Top News Links: Thursday, Oct. 8

All eyes on Grandview Medical Center opening

The ribbon has been cut on Grandview Medical Center and the much-anticipated arrival of the state-of-the-art hospital is just days away, as Community Health Systems prepares to open the U.S. 280 hospital on Saturday. Birmingham's Daniel Corp., a member of ACRE's Corporate Cabinet, has worked in partnership with CHS to develop not only the hospital but also a 200,000-square-foot medical office building adjacent to the main building. – AL.com

Precision Engineering buys city block in Mobile

Precision Engineering Inc. has purchased 400 St. Louis Street, an entire city block, with plans to renovate the historic building into their new offices. Renovations and occupancy of the 24,000-square-foot historic structure, originally constructed in 1921 for Dodge Brothers Automobile Co. and Graham Truck, are estimated to be in the first quarter of 2017. – News release

Kinder Morgan project faces delay

Planned expansions of Kinder Morgan pipelines that would supply gas to a proposed LNG export terminal in Georgia may be delayed by one month as the company awaits government approval for the projects. The projects’ in-service date may be pushed back to July 1, 2016, from June 1 because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has not yet authorized the expansions, Mike Varagona, vice president of business development for Kinder Morgan in Birmingham, wrote Wednesday in an update on the company’s website. – Bloomberg/FuelFix.com

Manufacturing moved South, then moved out

Has the Great Manufacturing Downturn really and truly hit the South harder than anywhere else? Bloomberg writer Justin Fox ponders this question, at length, in the wake of a Sunday New York Times piece about lost manufacturing jobs in the South. – Bloomberg

U.S. Steel eyes deep cuts beyond Birmingham

As U.S. Steel continues cutting costs, Fairfield might not be the only plant it shuts down. The Pittsburgh-based company announced Tuesday it's considering consolidating and temporarily idling its Granite City Works steel making operations in Illinois. About 2,000 workers have been notified of their potential layoffs - that's in addition to the 2,000 U.S. Steel announced in March. – AL.com

Hibbett Sports adds third Huntsville location

Hibbett Sports will launch its third Huntsville sporting goods store next month before the busy holiday shopping season begins. The Birmingham-based athletic retailer announced plans Wednesday for a 2,400-square-foot store in the Huntsville Commons shopping center on 2250 Sparkman Drive N.W. – AL.com

Limestone Hospital eliminates 15 positions

Limestone Hospital in Athens has eliminated 15 positions, according to the News Courier. Hospital President David Pryor attributed the layoffs to a number of challenges, including the Limestone County Commission vote in September to end a $1 million per year allocation to the facility. – BeckersHospitalReview.com

BP to pay $138 million in legal fees

The value of BP Plc’s settlement with the U.S. government and five Gulf states over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill rose to $20.8 billion in the latest tally of costs from the U.S. Department of Justice. On top of that amount, BP must pay an additional eye-popping $138 million in legal fees. Alabama will receive $10 million from the fees. – Bloomberg BNA

Companies ready to hire at Friday job fair

More than 50 employers will be ready to hire people Friday in Montgomery at one of the state’s largest annual job fairs. But a lot of people don’t even know that it’s open to the public. The event is held each fall on campus at Alabama State University. It will feature a very wide range of companies, including Hyundai, NASA, state agencies, school systems, UPS and Waffle House and run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. – Montgomery Advertiser

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