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Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 15

Alabama company weighs in on TSA dog problems

To better understand why K-9 bomb-sniffing teams failed tests at 10 major airports, AMK9 at Auburn University was recently sought out. AMK9 works with the university training dogs in explosive detection for agencies across the country. "You need to convince that dog that there's a reason to work," said John Pearce, who used to help oversee training for the TSA. – NBC

Survey: Alabama, Mississippi among top business states

Mississippi and Alabama are among the top 10 in Area Development's 2016 States for Doing Business Survey. Alabama ranks sixth and Mississippi tenth in the latest report compiled through interviews with leading location consultants. The criteria looked at several areas including the overall cost of doing business, corporate tax environment, and business incentives programs. – WTVA

Colonial says 6,000 barrels leaked at Shelby County gas spill

Colonial Pipeline Co, the largest refined products system in the United States, on Wednesday increased its estimate of a gasoline leak in Alabama by about six times, but maintained it would restart the affected line completely by the weekend. The pipeline said about 6,000 barrels of gasoline spilled in Shelby County, up from an earlier estimate on Tuesday of about 1,000 barrels. – Reuters

Toyota spending $150M to expand production in Mexico

Toyota will invest $150 million at its Tijuana, Mexico, assembly plant to increase output of the popular Tacoma pickup amid tight inventory that the company says has held back sales. The expansion will bump capacity to about 160,000 units annually in late 2017 or early 2018, from just over 100,000 currently, the company said in a statement Wednesday. – Automotive News

Feds to offer 47 million offshore acres for oil development

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will offer approximately 47 million acres offshore of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development in a lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Central Planning Area (CPA). – News release

Software could become virtual fitting room for online clothes

CFD Research Corporation employees in Huntsville have reimagined software used to show how armor fits on U.S. Army soldiers. They picture it for use with online clothing retailers, since market research shows half of all online clothing sales are returned. – WAAY

BBA VP Brown named to new state commission

Governor Robert Bentley has appointed Victor Brown, Vice President of Business Development at the Birmingham Business Alliance, to the Renewal of Alabama Commission. The new commission will create programs to grow Alabama’s business and industry sectors, as well as implement the Growing Alabama tax credit to help alleviate the state’s economic development needs. – Birmingham Times

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