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Top News Links: Monday, Sept. 9

Isolated fraud not enough to stop BP payments, investigation concludes

Though an investigation into BP damage payments found some instances of fraud, it's not enough to justify stopping the payment process, an investigator appointed by the case's federal judge determined Friday. — Mobile Press-Register

Huntsville firms creates touchless fingerprint ID system

Advanced Optical Systems and IDair, both based in Huntsville, have created a system to identify fingerprints without a touch, and processes to make the ID system commercially viable. — Huntsville Times

VW worker council might be the new model, UAW says

Confirming that they are in talks with Volkswagen management about creating a European-style council of labor and management representatives at VW's Chattanooga plant, United Auto Workers officials said the worker council might be the model for future U.S. labor relations. — Birmingham News

Induron expands to support major production increase

Induron Protective Coatings has cut the ribbon on a $1.6 million expansion of its Birmingham facilities, adding a new service center and more warehouse space, and facilitating a 150 percent production increase and triple throughput. — Induron/Birmingham Business Alliance

AG shuts down performance-boosting products company

The state attorney general's office has won a temporary restraining order to stop SWATS Edge Performance Chips LLC from selling products until a hearing slated for later in September. — Attorney General's Office PR

Hyundai, schools working to create career academies in high school

Preparing to fill its need for workers as it repeatedly sets production records, Hyundai is working with local schools to create career academies that would help students gather the skills they need as part of their high school training and be ready for factory work when they graduate. — WFSA—TV

Three engineering jobs posted at Airbus

Airbus has posted job openings from three more key positions at its new final assembly line under construction in Mobile; all three are engineering jobs. — Airbus/AIDT PR

Science & tech center proposed at Athens State

Athens State's president is proposing a new science and technology center for the campus, saying it would help the university prepare students to work in area industry. — Athens News Courier

Republican political director moving on

John Kay has announced his resignation as political director of the Alabama Republic Party after serving just five months. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Adtran introduces products to help companies boost networking

Huntsville's Adtran showed off new products as a major IT conference recently, winning a nod from trade writers for their ability to help companies strengthen networking capabilities. — IT Business Edge

Commerce officials plan Southeast Asia briefing

State and federal commerce officials will host Wanwemol Charukultharvatch, a commercial specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Thailand, who will discuss trade opportunities in Southeast Asia on Sept. 26 in Huntsville and Birmingham and Sept. 27 in Mobile. — Alabama Department of Commerce PR

Demand growing for mothballed launch pad

A launch pad at Kennedy Space Center that NASA no longer uses has become the center of interest as multiple private companies hope to lease it for projects they now have in development. — USA Today

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