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Top News Links: Friday, Sept. 21

Union takes Alabama immigration law before Mexican authorities

Mexican government officials are reviewing a contention from the Service Employees International Union saying that the state law violates NAFTA labor agreements. — al.com 

Rolling Stone blasts Wall Street

Reforms designed to prevent repeats of financial shenanigans that led to Jefferson County bankruptcy are being rolled back to protect big banks from responsibility, Rolling Stone reports. — Rolling Stone

Proposed BAE-EADS merger draws fire from many sides

Boeing calls for review of proposed merger between two European giants, both of which have operations in South Alabama; European officials, union leaders also question deal; politics expected to play key role in decision. — Bloomberg, Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Wall Street Journal

GH Metal Solutions to be acquired by Reliance Steel

California-based Reliance Steel says it is buying GH Metal Solutions, based in Fort Payne; Alabama company has been in business since 1958. — Bloomberg Businessweek

New tar balls on Alabama beaches tied to oil spill

Researchers have linked tar balls washed ashore by Hurricane Isaac to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; BP says it's working to clean them up. — Mobile Press-Register; WPMI

Hyundai builds inventory

Hyundai, which was lagging because of reduced inventory, now has a more than 20-day supply, thanks to third shift at Alabama plant, North American CEO John Krafick says. — Detroit News

Looking for new UAB leader

Birmingham business leaders want say in selection of new UAB president . — Birmingham Business Journal

Bigger, better plane for Panalpina

International freight forwarder Panalpina showed off its new cargo plane at its major hub in Huntsville yesterday. — Birmingham News

Two-year college leader to earn $271,000

Mark Heinrich, chosen recently to lead Alabama's two-year college system, will receive a compensation package worth $271,000, the Associated Press reports. — Birmingham Business Journal

Auburn opens food bank for students

Auburn University has opened a food bank for students, who had been visiting other food banks in region. — ABC 32 WNCF

Billy Reid and the Shoals

Style magazine features designer Billy Reid's Shoals lifestyle. — Style

New green energy center at Calhoun

Officials at Calhoun Community College Wednesday opened a new building for green energy technology, part of the school's renewable energy program. — Athens News Courier

Home brew brouhaha

Hop City Craft Beer and Wine was raided by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Thursday, ahead of the shop's grand opening, and home-brewing supplies were confiscated. — Birmingham News

New apps at Regions

Regions Bank has introduced new banking apps that allow simpler interaction from iPhone, Android, Blackberry and iPad platforms. — Regions PR

Marketing firm moves to Madison

Deep Target marketing firm has announced plans to move from Huntsville to nearby Madision at the first of October. — Deep Target PR

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