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Top News Links: Wednesday, Oct. 12

Hyundai predicted to build two new models here

Hyundai is expected to bring production of two Genesis luxury models to the U.S. by the end of the decade, according to Wards Auto forecasting partner Auto Forecast Solutions. The next-generation Genesis G80 sedan, formerly known as the Hyundai Genesis sedan and an unnamed Genesis D-segment CUV will begin production in September and November 2019, respectively, at a new plant in Montgomery, where Hyundai’s current Alabama plant is located. – Wards Auto

Highest court agrees to hear Alabama debtor case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide whether people who have filed for bankruptcy can sue companies that attempted to collect old debt from them that was not required to be paid back because of state statutes of limitations. The justices will hear an appeal filed by Midland Funding, a subsidiary of Encore Capital Group, which was sued by an Alabama debtor named Aleida Johnson, who entered bankruptcy in 2014. – Reuters/Business Insider

Leadership guru John Maxwell to speak at UM

University of Mobile will bring world-renowned leadership expert, speaker and author John Maxwell to Mobile for the 12th annual University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet on April 27, 2017. The annual University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet raises funds for scholarships for deserving students at the Christian university. Maxwell’s appearance marks the 12th Scholarship Banquet, which brings a speaker of national prominence to the Mobile area. – News release

Selma whistleblower gets job back after fed move

The federal government has dismissed a lawsuit against Lear Corp.'s Selma plant after the company has agreed to make substantial changes, pending a judge's approval. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration filed a lawsuit against Renosol Seating LLC and three of its managers in March, charging that the company fired workers who reported safety hazards. Renosol is a subsidiary of Lear Corp., a Michigan car seating manufacturer. – AL.com

UA law professor’s study suggests new gun law

A study by a University of Alabama law professor and researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests individuals at risk for suicide are receptive to a voluntary Do Not Sell list, which would prohibit gun shops from immediately selling them a firearm. – Tuscaloosa News

Finland education expert describes what works and what doesn’t

Renowned Finnish writer, scholar, and educator Pasi Sahlberg was the keynote speaker at the Alabama-Finland Education Summit held Tuesday at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sahlberg began by describing several approaches that he says, according to research, do not improve schools. One was education designed around the concept of competition, as if education were a business. – WBHM

Regions simplifies loan process with Avant

Regions Bank has now launched a simplified, online consumer loan application and underwriting experience in conjunction with Avant. Earlier this year, Regions and Avant announced this agreement, which combines Regions' established banking and online presence with Avant's technology platform to provide a fast, convenient digital experience for customers seeking consumer loans. – News release

GM adding 650 jobs at Tennessee plant

General Motors said it would add a third shift and 650 jobs at its factory in Spring Hill, Tenn., to meet higher demand for its recently launched Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia crossovers. GM is finalizing details to fill up positions in the current quarter, while the additional shift will be introduced in January 2017, the company said today. – Automotive News

Hilton adds paid parental leave for many employees

In the two-story breakfast room on the 25th floor of Hilton's Conrad Miami, Florance Eloi mans the omelet stand in front of a panoramic view of the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. When Eloi, 31, found out she was pregnant late last year, she wondered how she would balance her job with a baby. Then Eloi's manager told her some good news: By the time Eloi gave birth, a new policy would guarantee her 10 weeks of fully paid parental leave. – APR

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