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Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 5

Bentley wooing Hyundai for additional plant

Gov. Robert Bentley and Georgia's Gov. Nathan Deal — as well as officials from Chinese cities — are all negotiating with Hyundai officials, who are looking for new out-of-country plant sites as their home Korean factory is hit by employee strikes. — Business Korea

Moody's to boost Alabama ranking, recovery still weak

Moody's plans to revamp its rating of Alabama's economy to remove its designation as teetering on the brink of new recession, but still regards Alabama among three weakest in the nation. — Stateline

Slow growth, low-quality jobs mark Alabama's post-recession status

Half of Alabama's new jobs are in low-wage leisure and hospitality industries, Bureau of Labor Statistics research shows. — al.com

Alabama Supreme Court thinking again about product liability decision

The Alabama Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week as it reconsiders a case it decided in January that made a drug developer responsible for another company's generic copy, a ruling that has been largely ignored by other states and appeals courts in what the Wall Street Journal terms "nitwit" lawsuits. — Wall Street Journal

Lawmakers fret about VW talks with auto union

Southeastern lawmakers, pleased that their states' anti-union stance has lured overseas auto plants, fret that Volkswagen — anxious to appease its own overseas unionized employees — is in talks with the United Auto Workers. — Manufacturing.net

Airbus planes fly into Delta jet mix

Delta Airlines' purchase of 40 Airbus jets helps it take advantage of buyers market for aircraft, industry analyst says. — Businessweek

Delta will be among first to fly Alabama-assembled Airbus jets, taking delivery in 2016. — Aviation Week

Boeing tanker design approved ahead of schedule

Boeing's design for an aerial refueling tanker for the Air Force has been approved, with the approval coming a month ahead of schedule. — Mobile Press-Register

Alabama plant key to Bayer CropScience growth plans

Bayer CropScience, based in Monheim, Germany, says it plans to invest a billion euros in growth in the next three years, including its new plant in Mobile, slated to open in late 2015. — Bayer CropScience PR

Dothan's Five Star Credit Union buying bank in Georgia

Five Star Credit Union, based in Dothan, is seeking FDIC permission to purchase a one-location bank in Camilla, Ga. — Credit Union Times

Dune protections promoted

Conservation groups teamed up this week to urge state officials to designate a portion of BP oil spill settlement money to protect the state's largest stretch of undeveloped beach on Fort Morgan Peninsula. — Mobile Press-Register

Mask resigns from state House

Barry Mask has quit his seat in the state House of Representatives, the third Republican this year  to call it quits in mid-term. — Wetumpka Herald/Birmingham News

New plant on horizon for Childersburg

Alabama Green Lubricants is in talks with Childersburg, seeking incentives for a new 25-employee plant with an estimated $2 million annual payroll. — Talladega Daily Home

Norton Lilly CEO honored by trade group

Winchester Thurber III, CEO of Mobile-based shipping agent Norton Lilly International, will be honored with the Container & Intermodal Institute's "Connie" award in December. — Mobile Press-Register

Chinese business leaders head to Dothan in November

In a continuing dialog between Chinese businesses and smaller cities in Alabama, Chinese businesspeople will visit Dothan in November. — China Daily

Commercial zoning requested near I-10 in Loxley

Property owners near a new I-10 interchange that's under construction in Loxley are seeking approval to rezone their farmland to commercial along what will become the Baldwin Beach Express. — al.com

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