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Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 27

Hyundai struggles to keep headlines when it's already at the top

Hyundai has topped and retopped its own sales records, but needs new strategies since it can't make cars any faster — possibilities include alternative fuel engines, internet connections, lower weight models and more. — USA Today

Aker chosen for umbilical contract

Murphy Exploration has chosen Mobile's Aker Solutions to provide umbilicals for its new Gulf of Mexico exploration rigs. — Reuters

Investment scheme leads to $5.3 million fine

A Hoover man who led investment clubs including Capstone Group and Cornerstone Investment Group, has been ordered to repay $5.3 million to investors. — Birmingham Business Journal

Sweet earnings report for Tate & Lyle

British sweetener maker Tate & Lyle saw yearly profits rise despite the cost of re-opening its Alabama plant at McIntosh, to help meet demand for calorie-free sweetener Splenda.  — Reuters

Conecuh County oil well in production

Oil production has begun at First Titan Corp.'s well in Little Cedar Creek field, Conecuh County, the company announced. — Oil and Gas Investor

ContinuumRx moves into Huntsville and two Tennessee markets

ContinuumRx, a Birmingham-based company that provides infusion services, has partnered with Huntsville Hospital System and two groups in Tennessee. — PR Newswire

More banks report online difficulties

PNC Bank, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank have joined the list of American banks reporting apparent attacks on their websites; both PNC and Wells Fargo have operations in Alabama. — BankInfoSecurity

Whistleblower group cites concerns over poultry safety in wake of immigration law

The Food Integrity Campaign interviews long-time poultry safety inspector over concerns that immigration law has cut workforce at poultry plants, replacing experienced workers with newcomers. — Foodwhistleblower.org 

UWA gallery gets Suddeth painting

A painting by Alabama artist Jimmy Lee Suddeth has been presented to the University of West Alabama by Billy McFarland, who heads the university's Center for Business and Economic Services. — Tuscaloosa News

Sikorsky New York plant closing

Connecticut-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., which has major operations in Alabama, announced this week that it is closing its 575-employee Black Hawk facility in New York. — Hartford Courant

Non-disclosure pacts get serious in Vulcan-Martin Marietta court ruling

Legal review highlights serious impact of agreements not to share inside trade info. — International Law Office

Evonik Degussa plans additional facility in Mobile

German chemical Evonik Degussa has started an engineering study preparatory to adding  a methyl methacrylate plant at its Mobile site; valued at several million dollars, the plant would open in 2015 and employ 100 people. — Evonik PR

Huntsville takes day-to-day operations at Lawrence Medical Center

Huntsville Hospital has agreed to assume day-to-day operations at Lawrence Medical Center, leaders of both facilities announced. — Lawrence Medical Center

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