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Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 16

NASA names SLS budget manager

Kathleen Pollard of Huntsville has been named to a top management position in NASA's Space Launch System program under way at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Pollard is the new manager of the Program, Planning and Control Office for the new deep-space rocket. Pollard will be responsible for managing budget and schedule for SLS with its annual budget of $1.6 billion. – AL.com

Bentley goes commission, not cabinet

Four years after candidate Robert Bentley promised to create a Cabinet-level small business position, Gov. Robert Bentley followed up Monday by appointing a commission to recommend ways the state can help small businesses get started and expand. – AP/TribTown.com

Strange, Hubbard trade jabs

Attorney General Luther Strange's campaign released a web video Monday claiming that Democratic nominee Joe Hubbard supports abortion rights. Hubbard, a state representative from Montgomery who has voted for nearly every anti-abortion bill that has reached the House floor since 2011, was quick to denounce the clip. – Montgomery Advertiser

Chain celebrates women, whiskey

The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., the world’s premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, is celebrating women and the revival of whiskey this fall with five featured whiskey cocktails, a customizable whiskey flight and Women and Whiskey ladies’ night events featuring whiskey-infused fondues. – BusinessWire

State’s next governor a cheap date

Alabama's next governor won't take a salary, just as the incumbent has taken none for the last four years, but the chief executive's transportation could change. – AP/Montgomery Advertiser

Navy takes delivery on new JHSV

The Navy informs it has accepted delivery of Joint High Speed Vessel, the future 'USNS Fall River' from the Austal USA shipbuilder. The delivery marks a major milestone, the official transfer of the vessel from the shipbuilder to the Navy. USNS Fall River is the U.S. Navy's fourth Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). – MarineLink 

Iron Tribe remembers roots

Even though Iron Tribe Fitness is one of the fastest-growing companies in America with franchise locations in Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina and Texas, the company hasn't forgotten its Birmingham roots. – AL.com

Metal fab company to add jobs

A West Limestone metal fabrication company received approval for a tax abatement Monday from the Limestone County Commission to purchase additional equipment and hire new employees. Greg Weatherford of North Alabama Laserfab Inc., said the abatement would let his company expand into new areas of business. – EnewsCourier

Walmart offers auto insurance site

Walmart and AutoInsurance.com today announced the continued national expansion of the first-of-its-kind auto insurance comparison site into 11 new states, including Alabama. This comes on the heels of an overwhelming customer response to the service in the eight states launched earlier this year. – BusinessWire

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