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Top News Links: Friday, Sept. 6

New Nissan plant in Mexico to produce luxury cars

Japan's Nissan Motor Co and Germany's Daimler AG will build small Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz luxury cars at a plant slated to open late this year at an existing Nissan plant in Aguascalientes. — Reuters

Preliminary deal reached in Hyundai strike

Hyundai Motor Co. has reached a preliminary agreement with its South Korean union to raise wages in an effort to end a strike that has resulted in an estimated $910 million in lost output. The agreement is subject to a vote on Sept. 9. — Bloomberg

Two Alabama helicopter bases shut down

The Danville-based MedFlight 2 helicopter base and LifeSaver 1 helicopter base in Birmingham both closed this week. — al.com

Contract woes for Republican caucus consultant

A consultant to the State House of Representatives Republican caucus is under fire for the high cost of his contract with the state. Despite some opposition, a committee comprised of Republicans and Democrats met Thursday and approved the $96,000 contract for another year without objection. — WAKA Montgomery

Alabama Gas Corporation announces quarterly rate reduction

Alabama Gas Corporation announced a rate reduction that will result in an average annual savings of about $46 for customers. — al.com

International Shipholding files to renew shelf registration

Mobile's International Shipholding Corp. has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission a universal shelf registration that would allow the firm to raise as much as $200 million in common and preferred stock. — al.com

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