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Top News Links: Friday, Sept. 9

Alabama Board of Education OKs superintendent contract

A divided Alabama Board of Education on Thursday approved a contract for the state’s new school superintendent who has drawn criticism for his lack of experience at the school level and in the classroom. In a 7-2 vote, the board approved the contract for education consultant and former Massachusetts education secretary Michael Sentance. – AP/Tuscaloosa News

International lineup set for UA-led vet summit

The University of Alabama will continue its leadership role in improving military transitions through the Service Member to Civilian International Summit 2016, a three-day assembly of researchers, military officials and activists that begins Sept. 21 at the Hyatt Regency in Birmingham. – News release

Wells Fargo slapped with $100M fine for illegal accounts

Wells Fargo has fired 5,300 employees for illegally opening accounts in order to get financial compensation for meeting sales targets without the knowledge or consent of customers, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The San Francisco-headquartered bank will pay full restitution to all victims and a $100 million fine to the CFPB'S Civil Penalty Fund. – AL.com

UPS offers path to finding new customers overseas

Small and medium-sized businesses with global aspirations have the opportunity to win $10,000 in export shipping with UPS. The UPS X-PORT Challenge aims to help local businesses export to international markets. Less than one percent of America’s 30 million companies export – a percentage that is significantly lower than all developed countries. – News release

The problem of unemployable grads and how to fix it

September often marks a milestone month as college graduates enter the world of work.  Unfortunately, this won’t be the case for everyone. In the UK, more than half of graduates are working in non-graduate roles, while in the US graduate unemployment and underemployment (those who work part-time but want full-time roles) currently stands at 5.5% and 12.6% respectively. – LinkedIn

Exotic dancers suing two Huntsville strip clubs

In a federal lawsuit that provides a window into the world of Alabama strip clubs, exotic dancers are seeking back pay after two clubs failed to pay the dancers the minimum wage. The dancers filed the lawsuit earlier this month against Visions and Foxx Tails in Huntsville. – AL.com

Nissan chief sees trucks powering company’s U.S. growth

José Muñoz is counting on trucks and more trucks to get Nissan North America Inc. closer to its goal of 10 percent market share and beyond, in the truck-crazy U.S. market. “The best way to grow our share is to increase our share of the truck market,” Muñoz, the chairman of Nissan North America, said at a meeting of the International Motor Press Association here Thursday. – Automotive News

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