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Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 29

Third leg of 20 Midtown to begin soon

Demolition on the third leg of the massive 20 Midtown development could start any day now. RGS Properties' Dick Schmalz and Scott Bryant of Scott M. Bryant & Co. are developing 20 Midtown, known to many as the downtown Publix development. But the Publix building is one of three buildings with retail or office on the first floor, parking above and luxury apartments on top. – AL.com

Moore awaits ruling from court panel

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore — famously removed from office 13 years ago for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments display — appeared before a judicial disciplinary panel Wednesday to answer accusations that he urged defiance of the federal courts again: This time on gay marriage. The nine-member court has 10 days to rule. – AP/LewisTownSentinel

‘Scary’ hunting stats spur action by state

Considering it’s a $1.1 billion industry, hunting isn’t exactly endangered in Alabama. But it’s not as popular as it once was. Fewer than 4 percent of Alabamians got a hunting license last year, according to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. That’s a big deal because the department relies on those fees to protect and manage state parks, wildlife and rivers, instead of getting taxes from the state’s General Fund budget. – Montgomery Advertiser

Latest economic development strategy on November ballot

Alabama leaders are hopeful citizens will vote yes this fall on an amendment they believe will have a lasting impact on economic development throughout the state. Amendment 11, which is related to the Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zone Act, will be on the statewide ballot Nov. 8. – AL.com

Employment reviews going the way of the iPhone earplug jack

It's once again time for the annual ritual of fear and loathing, also known as the performance review — at least for the companies that still do them. Many have abandoned the old way of evaluating their employees in recent years. Last year, even General Electric — whose former CEO, Jack Welch, championed the system often known as "rank and yank" — did away with its annual review. – NPR

Study confirms: It’s not easy selling those cars

U.S. car dealerships’ rampant employee turnover is worsening, an industry study released today found. In fact, the three-year employee retention rate at dealerships reached a new low last year, dropping two percentage points from 2014 to 45 percent, vs. a 67 percent rate in the overall U.S. nonfarm private sector, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association’s 2016 Dealership Workforce Study. – Automotive News

‘Celebrate Your Fiesta’ in Birmingham Saturday

In its 14th year, Fiesta presented by McDonald’s encourages Alabamians to “Celebrate Your Fiesta” at Alabama’s largest multicultural festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, from noon to 8 p.m. at Linn Park. Since 2003, the event has celebrated Alabama’s Hispanic community with art, music, dance, food and culture. – News release

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