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Governor Bentley’s announcement at the Tuscaloosa River Market yesterday centered around the news that a Mercedes-Benz supplier, Bolta, plans to build a $40 million manufacturing plant in Tuscaloosa. The plant is expected to create 350 new jobs.

Earlier this month, parents of Southview Middle School were notified that there were two confirmed reports of students who were treated for a skin condition, and a professional company was hired to clean part of the school. The Alabama Department of Public Health investigated and found that the school does not have an outbreak of staph infection.

Payday loan businesses are suing to block a new loan database planned by the Alabama Department of Banking, which is intended to prevent such businesses from extending loans to disqualified seekers.

Alabama farmers are harvesting what they expect will be a record corn crop because of favorable weather for growing.

In other news, police in Durham, N.C. say they’ve shot and killed a gunman near the campus of North Carolina Central University. That man, who was not a student, is said to have challenged officers. The university was on lockdown for about three hours.

An 11-year-old Mobile girl is said to have been critically wounded by a stray bullet while watching television in her home Sunday night.

The hostage situation at the Nairobi mall continues. The al-Qaida-linked group is communicating through Twitter, saying it’s still holding live hostages. So far, at least 62 people have been killed.

President Obama will address the U.N. General Assembly this morning, where he will call on Security Council members to approve a resolution that would mandate consequences for Syria if it doesn’t cooperate with a plan to turn its chemical weapons stockpiles over to the international community.

And speaking of Syria, millions of children there are said to be at risk of malnutrition with one in 20 children in areas around Damascus being severely malnourished.

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