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Top News Links: Monday, Sept. 26

UA approves $124M plan for Tutwiler Hall

The University of Alabama System board of trustees approved preliminary plans for a $124 million replacement for Tutwiler Residential Hall, along with plans to buy a downtown building in Tuscaloosa. The new 520,521-square-foot building would be able to house around 1,583 students. – Tuscaloosa News

Federal court has no time for employee dreadlocks

A federal appeals court has tossed out a lawsuit that argued an Alabama company racially discriminated against a woman by not hiring her because she refused to cut her dreadlocks. In doing so, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals further found in its Sept. 15 ruling that hairstyles, while "culturally associated with race," are not "immutable physical characteristics" tied to race. – NOLA.com

Four things to watch for in first presidential debate

The first presidential debate tonight is shaping up to be one of the most-watched political events ever, with a potentially Super Bowl-size audience. Here are four things to watch for as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump take the stage at Hofstra University on Long Island. – APR

UA dropout now a GreenSky billionaire

There’s a contractor in your living room, pitching a $15,000 home-improvement job. You want to do it, but you don’t have that kind of cash just lying around. Then he dangles cheap financing: He asks for your driver’s license, flips it over and scans the bar code. This is the business model of GreenSky LLC, and college dropout David Zalik is the majority owner. – Bloomberg

Recruitment program aims to up Birmingham’s talent base

The Birmingham Business Alliance's talent recruitment project hopes to get more recent college graduates living and working in the Magic City. The program started in 2013 with just Alabama schools and is now expanding to 86 schools across the Southeast. – ABC3340

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