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Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 25

Incentives now mean billions

Nevada will give Tesla $1.3 billion to build a new factory in the state. Several economic development consultants who work on these kinds of deals have told me that $1 billion will be the incentive price tag. In fact, there will be a scramble to make sure the various tax abatements add up to more than $1 billion. – Forbes

Victims ID’d in UPS shooting

Authorities on Wednesday released the names of the victims killed a day earlier in a murder-suicide at a UPS facility in Alabama, where police said an employee who had been fired shot dead two supervisors before turning the gun on himself. The victims in the Tuesday shooting in Birmingham were Doug Hutcheson, 33, and Brian Callans, 46, the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office said. – Reuters

ArcelorMittal won’t bend to aluminum

The steel plant of ArcelorMittal SA located near Mobile is keenly looking forward to the response of Big Steel for aluminum; given the riding interest by carmakers. This year, the aluminum sector took pace with the announcement of Ford Motor Company’s mostly-aluminum new F-150 model. – WallStPR

Bama dawdles, Kentucky broker cleans up

It can be good to be an insurance broker in pro-Obamacare Kentucky, Alabama Public Radio reports. According to the report, more than 44 percent of Kentucky residents signed up for insurance on the state exchange, Kynect, through a broker. – APR/AL.com

Federal judge denies BP appeal

BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must keep its promises to the companies it compensated for losses they blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill. – AP/AL.com

Craft beer, or crafty conglomerate?

As the craft beer trend grows, there’s another revolution going on that’s concentrating most of the world’s beer into the hands of just a few mega-corporations. These kings of beer are riding the wave of craft brewing enthusiasm, buying up smaller breweries, and duping customers along the way. – Counterpunch

Gulf condo sales up a bit

Baldwin County condo sales, which include condos along the Gulf Coast, totaled 121 units in August, an increase in sales growth of 5.2 percent from the prior month. Year-to-date condo sales are 1.9 percent above the same period in 2013. – ACRE/AL.com

Gas prices drop across state

Many gas stations in the Tuscaloosa area and around the state have been dropping their gasoline prices to less than $3 for a gallon of regular in recent days. “The number of stations reporting less than $3 per gallon has been increasing, and we have been seeing more doing so every day,” said Clay Ingram, a spokesman for AAA Alabama, which monitors daily gas prices. – Tuscaloosa News

Independent investigation sought

A deputy state attorney general is asking for the appointment of an independent investigation into accusations that he interfered with a public corruption investigation. Deputy Attorney General Sonny Reagan sent a letter Monday to his boss, Attorney General Luther Strange, saying he did nothing wrong. – AP/Decatur Daily

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