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Top News Links: Monday, Sept. 18

Hyundai plant slows down as vehicles back up

Montgomery's Hyundai plant is adjusting its production schedule as it deals with several market and transportation issues. Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama spokesman Robert Burns says the plant has slowed down production while maintaining round-the-clock, five-day work weeks. At the same time, the plant, which employs more than 3,000, has been turning out 200 fewer vehicles a day for the past two weeks. – AL.com

PwC lawsuit tests limits of auditor responsibility

Auditors are paid to make sure a company’s books are accurate. Fraud artists specialize in misleading auditors. So should an auditor pay for the damages caused by a fraud artist? That’s the question that may be decided in a trial beginning in federal court in Alabama on Monday, over whether Big Four accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is responsible for $2.5 billion in losses by failing to uncover a long-running fraud at Colonial Bank, an Alabama bank that failed in 2009. The law in this area is surprisingly murky. – Forbes

Regions Bank expands its Operation Hope partnership

Regions Bank on Friday announced it is expanding its partnership with Operation HOPE to support a total of 100 HOPE Inside financial empowerment centers in Regions branches throughout the Southeast, Midwest and Texas over the next four years. HOPE Inside locations provide cost-free financial education including credit and money-management counseling to underserved residents and small-business owners. – BusinessWire

GreenFuels Holding buys Idaho sawmill

An Emmett, Idaho sawmill has been sold to an Alabama company, which has plans to reopen the sawmill with the name Gem Forest Products. Birmingham-based GreenFuels Holding Company closed on the property Monday. GreenFuels Holding Company manufactures and markets alternative fuels such as biodiesel. The company was founded in 2002. – Idaho Press

Local farmers open their own peanut-buying station

A new peanut-buying station will provide farmers in an Alabama county with another option for selling their peanuts. The Dothan Eagle reports the Farmer’s First Peanut Company opened Friday in Geneva County. The $2 million facility was built by a group of local farmers who wanted a locally controlled peanut-buying station. The facility will sell to Georgia firm Birdsong Peanuts. – AP/Seattle Times

If you’re selling weight-loss products, best to be slender

“I don't hire overweight people," the Vestavia Hills chiropractor told an ex-employee in a video posted on Facebook on Thursday. Chris Harrison, owner of Dr. Chris Harrison Chiropractic says that among the services his office offers are diet and weight loss products. "I'm not going to hire an overweight person and then try to sell weight loss here. It doesn't make any sense," Harrison said. – AL.com

Danny Lipford celebrates 20th season of home repair genius

On location for an episode of the 20th season of "Today's Homeowner," Danny Lipford is building a pair of closets on either side of a window. The home in midtown Mobile -- a historic cottage with a front porch, hardwood floors and high ceilings -- desperately needs closet space in the master bedroom. Homeowners Zach and Kelsey Gross moved in just a month ago after being relocated from Houston to Mobile. – AL.com

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