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Top News Links: Monday, Sept. 24

Governor backs measure to borrow for industry incentives

The budget rescuing referendum behind him, Gov. Robert Bentley is now campaigning for another constitutional amendment that would borrow money for incentives to attract new industry. — Mobile Press-Register

Government subsidy battle hits Boeing

Boeing is slated to lose an undisclosed amount of federal support in the latest round of a continuing battle over government subsidies between the U.S. aerospace giant and European consortium EADS, parent of Airbus; the World Trade Organization is overseeing the dispute. — Chicago Tribune

Market recap

Stocks slid last week as markets watched European debt issues; energy profit slump may cause continued woes. — Bloomberg; Businessweek

Payday loan business under scrutiny

Federal agencies working to crack down on high-interest short-term loan business. — Reuters

Lobbyist asks for probation rather than jail

Jennifer Pouncy, a former lobbyist who pled guilty to one count in last year's gambling vote-buying trial before turning state's evidence, will ask this week to be sentenced to probation rather than prison, her lawyer says. — Birmingham News

Federal funds to coast for Isaac relief

Federal FEMA funds have been earmarked for repairs in Alabama's coastal counties and Pickens County in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. — WAFF-TV

Hibbett to open new store in Missouri

Alabama sporting goods retailer Hibbett Sports has announced plans for a store in Eureka, Missouri. — Eureka-Wildwood Patch

Mysteries of cat fur colors

Scientists at HudsonAlpha Institute in Huntsville have discovered genetic clues to the age-old question of how cats get their spots. — HudsonAlpa PR

Federal Mogul launches apprenticeship programs

Auto supplier Federal Mogul's Athens plant has joined forces with Calhoun Community College to create apprenticeship programs in industrial maintenance and in tool and die. — Federal Mogul PR

Women's pay lags in Alabama

Women in Alabama make only 74 cents to every dollar earned by men, and in the 5th Congressional District, the largest in the nation, women make only 67 cents on the man's dollar, according to a study of census data by the National Partnership for Women & Families. — National Partnership PR

Groundbreaking Thursday for first Mobile Publix store

White-Spunner Construction plans to break ground Thursday for the first Publix supermarket in Mobile. — White-Spunner PR

ExxonMobil donated $500,000 to Hurricane Isaac relief

ExxonMobil's Louisiana operations have donated $500,000 to Red Cross branches across the Gulf Coast, including Alabama, to aid with Hurricane Isaac relief. — ExxonMobil PR

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