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Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 24

New auto supplier announces plant in Tuscaloosa

Bolta Werke GmbH, a German firm that makes plating-on-plastic parts for Mercedes, VW and other automakers, announced plans for a $39.5 million plant in Tuscaloosa, slated to be in production by 2016 and to employ about 350 people. — Tuscaloosa News

Fate of grocery stores tied to closed auction today

Belle Foods stores across the state are on the block at a closed auction today, with grocery chain rivalries at play as the fate of some 43 stores is settled. — Birmingham News

ProAssurance to acquired Eastern Holdings

Birmingham-based ProAssurance announced today that it is acquiring Eastern Holdings, a Pennsylvania firm that specializes in worker's compensation insurance. — Insurance Journal

BP again asks judge to stop claims payments

For the third time, BP has asked a federal judge to suspend the payment program for damage claims related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill, this time citing new findings of fraud by government workers. — al.com

Seven convicted of fraud over BP spill claims

Seven Mobile-area residents have been convicted of fraud regarding BP oil spill claims and ordered to pay fees and repay money obtained through fraud; all were sentenced to jail time, ranging from one to five years, but all jail terms were suspended if other conditions are met. — Attorney General's Office PR

Congressional race draws national attention

Today's primary election in the race to replace Jo Bonner, who quit the First Congressional District seat early this summer, is seen as test of Tea Party strength. — Washington Post

Governor's office says no plans to woo new Hyundai plant in October trip

Business Korea reported a month ago that Gov. Bentley, along with the Georgia governor and representatives from several Chinese cities, were meeting with Hyundai officials this fall to try to bring home a new plant; today the governor's office said he is not making the trip and that economic development is not part of the agenda. — Montgomery Advertiser

Farm news mixed

50 Alabama counties named disaster areas due to too much rainfall. — Southeast Farm Press

Heavy rains lead to great corn crop. — Businessweek

Payday loan firms sue to stop state database

Payday loan firms have filed suit in Montgomery to stop the state from building a database of payday loans, to help enforce a prohibition against any individual having more than $500 in the high-interest loans. — al.com

Caddell wins Hawaii contract

Montgomery's Caddell Construction, in partnership with two other firms, has been awarded an $18 million contract to design and repair facilities a historic barracks building at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. — Caddell PR

Airbus posts two more management jobs

Airbus is accepting applications for two more management positions, director of final assembly line delivery and manufacturing engineering manager for the plant now under construction in Mobile. — Airbus PR

Lockheed Martin wins $18 million contract

The National Warhead and Energetic Consortium has awarded Lockheed Martin an $18 million contract to move the Long Range Land Attack Projectile to production; final assembly will be done at Lockheed's Pike County facility near Troy. — Lockheed Martin PR

Imaging company founded by Huntsville native wins recognition

Rebellion Photonics, which makes a product to visualize chemicals within cells, won honors from The Wall Street Journal as one of the nation's top start ups; co-founded is Huntsville native Allison Lami Sawyer. — Huntsville Times

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