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Top News Links: Monday, April 16

Mercedes introducing electric model to challenge Tesla

Mercedes-Benz is developing a battery-powered sedan about the size of its $90,000 flagship S-Class, challenging Tesla Inc.’s Model S for high-end electric-car buyers. The new full-size sedan, dubbed EQ S, will be part of the Daimler AG unit’s push to introduce 10 all-electric vehicles by 2022, Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche said Wednesday during the presentation of the revamped Mercedes A-Class hatchback in Split, Croatia. Mercedes’ current $1 billion expansion in Alabama includes plans to produce electric vehicles. – ANC

Hyundai transformer plant in Montgomery sold to sister company

South Korea’s Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems Co. has agreed to buy a full stake in a U.S. transformer plant under its sister company Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. that is expected to help it enhance its competition in the North American market amid rising trade barriers. Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems said on Sunday it has purchased a 100 percent stake in Hyundai Power Transformers USA in Montgomery, for $28.8 million. – Pulse

Alabama’s most Googled show may leave you depressed

Have you ever wondered what the most popular show via Netflix is in Alabama? According to a survey by HighSpeedInternet.com, using data from Google Trends to find out what Netflix show people searched for most last year in each state, Alabamians most often sought out "Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.” – Patch.com

Gov. Ivey says debate issue just a cheap stump

Gov. Kay Ivey dismissed sharp words aimed at her by opponents from the debate stage on Thursday night as a "stunt" to get "media attention." Appearing at a groundbreaking ceremony Friday in Huntsville, the governor interrupted a reporter's question about the debate before responding to the criticism - which included comments from Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, who also took part in the groundbreaking ceremony. – AL.com

Toyota teams up with Alabama A&M students on mobility

Toyota Motor North America is teaming with students from Alabama A&M University on an initiative to help solve mobility issues. David Fernandes, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, announced at a Friday event on the Alabama A&M campus an initial grant of $300,000 to fund the initiative, which includes scholarships for students accepted into the program. – AL.com

Texas mother sues in Baldwin County band bus crash

A mother has sued a charter bus company for the crash that killed a bus driver and injured dozens of Channelview ISD band students, including her son, returning home from Disney World. Bus company First Class Tours, along with a representative of the bus driver’s estate, is being sued for $1 million, according to the lawsuit filed with the Harris County Civil Court. – MyPlainview.com

Redstone Federal Credit Union wins awards

Katie Royal has been a Redstone Federal Credit Union member since she was a little girl, thanks to her parents who signed her up for a checking account in the '90s. Now in her early 30s, the Decatur resident said she has done business with other financial institutions, but the customer service at RFCU is by far the best. – AL.com

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