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Top News Links: Friday, Sep. 2

HealthSouth expanding South Carolina footprint

HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE: HLS) is expanding its South Carolina presence with a new hospital in Murrells Inlet. The Birmingham-headquartered rehab hospital company has formed a joint venture with Tidelands Health to operate an existing hospital and has started plans to build a new one. – AL.com

PSC shuts off lights on $5.6M deal for Beeker

The Alabama Ethics Commission Thursday decided that a Public Service Commission member should not enter into a lease agreement with a company that might sell power to a utility he regulates. The commission voted 3-2 to approve the opinion from commission staff recommending that Chip Beeker not lease up to 451 acres of land to a solar lease company. The deal was potentially worth $5.6 million over the course of the contract. – Montgomery Advertiser

Drummond sued by conservation groups over Maxine Mine

Conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking to force Drummond Company to clean up its Maxine Mine, an underground coal mine that has not produced coal in decades, but which the Riverkeeper group says is still leaching mine waste and other pollutants into the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River. The Maxine Mine is located on the Locust Fork near Praco, Ala. – AL.com

Car sales dip 3.5 percent as big players slip

Ford Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. posted their biggest U.S. sales declines in years last month in an industry that is showing signs of running out of steam. Ford was dragged down by a 9.4 percent drop at its namesake division, while Nissan recorded its sharpest monthly decline in more than three years. Sales at General Motors and Toyota Motor Corp. dropped for the sixth time in 2016. – Automotive News

CCC to celebrate newest building Sept. 15

Calhoun Community College will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Math, Science & Computer Science building on the Huntsville campus on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. The new facility is located at 1 Warhawk Way, Huntsville, with the grand opening celebration to follow. – News release

Jackson Thornton combines with Brantley, Boucher & Farr

Jackson Thornton, a certified public accounting and consulting firm, announced Thursday that Auburn/Opelika-based Brantley, Boucher & Farr will join the firm, effective today. This addition brings Jackson Thornton to more than 200 employees, serving clients from six offices in Alabama and Tennessee. – News release

Trump renews pledge to remove illegal immigrants

Seeking to end confusion over his aggressive but recently muddled language on immigration, Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to remove millions of people living in the country illegally if he becomes president, warning that failure to do so would jeopardize the "well-being of the American people." – AP

Alabama affected as Wal-Mart moves to cut 7,000 back-office jobs

Wal-Mart will eliminate approximately 7,000 back-office positions from its U.S. workforce in the coming months. The cuts, which include accounting and invoicing jobs, will affect all of Wal-Mart's 4,600 stores. The big-box retailer wants more employees interacting with customers on the sales floor and will offer "consumer-facing positions" to workers impacted by the losses. – AL.com

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