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Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 18

Alabama rules Michigan on car jobs

We all somehow knew that Alabama's auto industry has become healthier than Michigan's, but a recent study by an Athens State University business professor points out why. From 1990 to 2008, Michigan lost more than 67,000 auto manufacturing jobs, according to government statistics. During that time, Alabama auto manufacturing, not counting parts manufacturers, exploded from 400 jobs in 1990 to more than 10,200 in 2010. – AL.com

Shelby, Sessions call on federal judge to resign

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby and U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions on Wednesday called for U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller to step down from the bench, joining a growing chorus of federal lawmakers seeking the judge's resignation after his arrest on domestic violence charges last month. – Montgomery Advertiser

U.S. companies want in on rocket race

Some of America's biggest high-tech moguls and most famous aerospace companies are now in an all-out race to develop the nation's next rocket engine. On Wednesday, United Launch Alliance, which assembles its rockets in Decatur, Ala., and Blue Origin, the aerospace company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, said they will jointly build a new liquid-fueled rocket engine for ULA's Atlas rockets. – AL.com

LuLu’s got a spot in Destin

Construction is expected to begin soon on the new LuLu’s Destin, a second location for Lucy Buffett’s popular Gulf Shores restaurant and entertainment center. Site clearing and elevation work for LuLu’s Destin is under way on a parcel next to Legendary Marine on Danny Weurfell Way. – NWF Daily News

Opinion: State gambling policies are lunacy

Here’s a secret: Gambling is going on in this state. The next time you travel on Interstate 65 and approach exit 57, look a little to the east. That big structure over there is a — shhhhh! — gambling facility. At this point, shouldn't it make economic sense to structure a system whereby our state could realize some revenue from this activity? – Montgomery Advertiser

UA announces record enrollment

The University of Alabama again posted a record enrollment for the fall semester, increasing 3.7 percent over 2013's record class. Enrollment for the fall was 36,155, according to figures released by UA on Tuesday. Enrollment increased by 1,303 over fall 2013. – Tuscaloosa News

Protective Life Foundation, Saban team up

The Protective Life Foundation and Nick’s Kids Fund have announced plans for a social media blitz to benefit Nick’s Kids Fund on September 20. The event is designed to raise awareness for Nick’s Kids and the “I AM PROTECTIVE” campaign by asking people to share what they are most protective of with the hashtag #IAMPROTECTIVE. – MarketWatch

Alagasco sues paper to block reporting

Alabama Gas Corporation has taken legal action to attempt to stop the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing or writing about the company's document that outlines a plan to ensure the safety of gas pipes. The document, Alagasco's Distribution Integrity Management Plan (DIMP), was obtained in June through a public records request to the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC), which oversees the state's utilities. – Montgomery Advertiser

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