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Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 4

Tentative agreement between U.S. Steel and workers

U.S. Steel and workers, including those in Fairfield, reach tentative three-year labor agreement. — PR Newswire

Auto plants struggle to find qualified workers

State training programs, private corporate programs work to train enough workers to meet increased demand. — Birmingham News

"Who Wears the Pants in This Economy?" New York Times queries

Alabama couples featured in New York Times magazine cover story on changing gender roles in economy. — New York Times

Feds work to ease catfish glut

Federal government purchases $10 million in catfish, trying to help struggling fish farmers who produce more than the market demands. — New York Times

State debt climbing

Fueled by pension obligations, Alabama debt has climbed to more than $60 billion. — Birmingham Business Journal

Alabama Power's Barry plant test-drives carbon capture process

Barry steam generating plant near Mobile tries a new carbon capture process designed to cut emissions and capture reusable products. — WFPL, Louisville

Birmingham Fastener expanding

Pratt City company that makes fasteners for structural steel buildings has announced plans for a $2 million expansion. — Birmingham News

Reed Minerals acquired by Texas firm

North American Coal Corporation, based in Dallas, has acquired Reed Minerals, based in Jasper, for $62.5 million; purchase gives North American entry into bituminous mining. — PR Newswire

Alabama veteran's company at work in Afghanistan

Company with offices in Pelham and Huntsville supports U.S. agencies working to rebuild Afghanistan. — Birmingham News

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