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Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 23

Volkswagen’s CEO steps down amid scandal

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped down Wednesday over a scandal in which the German carmaker admitted to rigging its diesel cars' emissions to pass U.S. tests. In a statement, Winterkorn said he took responsibility for the "irregularities" found in diesel engines but that he was "not aware of any wrongdoing on my part." – AL.com

Birmingham’s Shipt expanding to North Carolina

Birmingham's grocery delivery company is expanding into North Carolina, bringing the company's presence to six states. Shipt will launch delivery in Charlotte Tuesday, Sept. 29. It's looking to hire 300 drivers in the area. – AL.com

UAB planning grad degree in medicine, business

An Alabama university is planning to launch a graduate program that merges business and medicine. University of Alabama at Birmingham officials say the school now accepting applications for a program offering students doctorate degrees in medicine and master's degrees in business administration. – AP/NewsCourier

Ternion Corp. featured on ‘Innovations’

Huntsville-based Ternion Corp. was featured in an episode of “Innovations with Ed Begley Jr.” that aired today on the Discovery Channel. In this episode, audiences learned how Ternion uses helps develop state-of-the-art computer programs that simulate complex military battles to help train warfighters. The episode can be viewed online by clicking the headline link. – News release

Boeing doing a reverse Airbus move

Boeing is finally going to China. The aerospace giant will build its first overseas airliner assembly plant in China, state news agency Xinhua reported Wednesday. As part of the deal, the company will also sell 300 new aircraft to three Chinese firms. – International Business Times

Study: Reese’s Senior Bowl impact $27M

A comprehensive 135-page report has concluded that the total monetary economic impact from hosting the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile was approximately $27 million dollars in 2015. “This is a conservative number,” said University of South Alabama professor Christopher M. Keshock, PhD, who was the primary researcher. Keshock and his staff collected data during game week and game day in January and concluded the economic impact was at least between $27,706,913 and $27,941,585 in 2015, and could be even higher. – News release

Pilgrim’s Pride donates $100,000 to Auburn poultry facility

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. has donated $100,000 to Auburn University to help fund the relocation and modernization of a new state-of-the-art poultry research facility. The new Auburn research facilities will allow for increased control, precision and replication to meet research needs well into the future, as well technology to sustain commercial poultry production. Auburn is one of six remaining dedicated poultry science departments in the U.S. – CNN

Carnival Fantasy sails to Mobile next year

The Carnival Fantasy cruise ship will leave from the Alabama Cruise Terminal and sail for 13 months under an agreement the Mobile City Council approved Wednesday. The year-long schedule runs from Nov. 9, 2016 to Nov. 27, 2017. – AL.com

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