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Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 24

Daimler official open to UAW

The head labor official on Daimler AG's supervisory board says he considers it "unacceptable" that the German automaker's Mercedes plant in Alabama stands alone among the company's factories around the world without union representation for its workers. – STLtoday

Workplace shootings: You’re on your own

A gunman entered a UPS facility in Inglenook Tuesday morning and killed two employees before shooting himself, Birmingham authorities said. According to the Department of Homeland Security, active shooter situations usually end in just 10 or 15 minutes, often before local law enforcement arrives. – AL.com

Boeing, Dynetics partner on SLS

Boeing and Huntsville-based Dynetics announced today they are partnering on NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) program, America’s heavy-lift launch vehicle. – News release

Alabama ARISE: Hard times abound

There is some not-so-great financial news about how you, your neighbors, and children in Alabama may be faring. Alabama ARISE — a citizen’s policy project — is out with their take on new census data and insists the state hasn’t even begun to bounce back from the Great Recession. – WHNT

Judge lifts gag order in gas case

An Alabama judge ruled Tuesday morning that The Montgomery Advertiser and USA TODAY can publish details — contained in a public record submitted to the state government — detailing the age and condition of gas pipes in communities including Montgomery, Birmingham and Selma. – USA Today

Ungagged news: Faulty pipes risky

When Darryle Brown woke up in the dark hours of an early December morning, he heard an explosion. Suddenly, Brown was on fire and trapped underneath an eight-inch-thick concrete slab – the floor of his fiancé's two-story apartment unit in Birmingham, according to his attorney, Glenda Cochran. – Montgomery Advertiser

Mentone hunts for hotel replacement

It's been nearly seven months since a devastating fire took a treasured landmark and tourism destination in the town of Mentone. DeKalb Tourism Executive Director John Dersham said adjusting to life without the Mentone Springs Hotel hasn't been easy. What’s needed, everyone agrees, is a plan. – AL.com

Computer cops get their man

University of Southern Mississippi Police Department have arrested Brandon Hardin, 20, in conjunction with Monday morning's social media threat. Hardin, a business major from Carriere, is being charged with posting a computer threat to cause injury, a felony offense, according to a USM press release sent Monday night. – Clarion-Ledger

Goodwill to open Spanish Fort store

Goodwill Easter Seals announces its new 26,420 square foot facility in Spanish Fort in the Eastern Shore Center across from Publix Super Market. The new facility will house a donation center, retail store and community center. The ribbon cutting for the new location will be on Thursday, October 2 at 8:45 a.m. – News release

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