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Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 27

Roy Moore wins GOP primary

A former state judge who believes that “God’s law” can invalidate federal court decisions won Alabama’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday night, sending a clear warning to President Trump and GOP leadership that conservative grass-roots anger will continue to roil the party into the 2018 midterm elections. Roy Moore, who was twice suspended from his job as the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, defeated incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and was backed by Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). – Washington Post

Toyota to invest $106M to improve Huntsville engine plant

Toyota on Tuesday announced plans to invest $106 million and add 50 jobs at its Alabama engine plant, the latest expansion for the Huntsville facility that is a key part of the automaker’s global operations. The investment will provide for a complete replacement of the current four-cylinder engine line at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama. – Made In Alabama

Mobile’s small-brew renaissance rolls forward

The taps haven't opened yet, but at least two of Mobile's three brewing operations are making progress toward that day - and there have been recent developments in a zoning dispute involving the third. On Tuesday, the Mobile City Council recommended that the ABC Board issue a brewpub license and a restaurant retail liquor license for Iron Hand Brewing. Iron Hand is a brewpub planned for the De Tonti Square neighborhood on the north side of downtown; it will occupy a building that formerly was home to the Waterfront Rescue Mission. – AL.com

Female execs win honors at Birmingham banks

Two Birmingham banks have executives who have landed on prestigious lists by American Banker magazine that honor top female bankers nationwide. Rosilyn Houston of Birmingham-headquartered BBVA Compass landed at No. 10 on American Banker's list of Women to Watch. American Banker named Mary Mack of Wells Fargo the top woman to watch. American Banker also released its list of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking, and Birmingham's Regions Financial Corp.'s Chief Credit Officer Barb Godin made No. 24. – AL.com

Groundbreaking held for retail development in Mobile’s Midtown

Since they announced in early 2016 that they had purchased the former Blue Bird Hardware and Seed building at the corner of Old Shell Road and Bayshore Avenue, Bill and Erna Whiston have been busy behind the scenes. At a groundbreaking at the site on Monday morning, their vision finally felt like reality. – AL.com

Ford, Lyft partner to build an on-demand, self-driving fleet

Ford and Lyft are working together on self-driving vehicle technology, but the focus of the collaboration is around Lyft’s positioning of itself as an open platform for future autonomous on-demand vehicle services, and likely not something that will do much to accelerate the pace at which self-driving cars are able to be safely deployed on roads. – Tech Crunch

Decatur lawmaker pleads guilty to campaign fund fraud

An Alabama lawmaker has pleaded guilty to using campaign funds for personal expenses. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that state Rep. Micky Hammon of Decatur has pleaded guilty to a felony mail fraud charge. U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin said Hammon would take money from campaign committee's bank account by writing a check to himself. He would then use the campaign money for personal expenses. The fraud conviction automatically removes him from office. – WVTM

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