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Top News Links: Monday, August 13

More layoffs in Q2 Alabama

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 22 mass layoffs — layoffs of 50 or more workers — during the second quarter, up from 6 in the first quarter and from 21 in the second quarter of 2011;  more than 3,100 people lost jobs. — Birmingham Business Journal

New partnership for Mercedes-Benz

German automaker Mercedes-Benz has partnered with BLG Logistics, which has recently set up operations near Mercedes' Tuscaloosa-area plant; BLG makes semi-knocked down kits which allow auto parts to be assembled overseas; Mercedes predicts additional jobs in Alabama and better penetration of Asian market. — Birmingham News

Casinos on notice

Attorney General Luther Strange said the raid on Center State Alabama should serve as a warning to other casinos that he's checking the legality of their gambling machines. — Montgomery Advertiser

White Hall machines to be destroyed

Gambling machines impounded during a 2009 raid at White Hall facility are to be destroyed, judge rules. — CBS 42

Judge clears way for APTV lawsuit

A lawsuit by ousted Alabama Public Television leader Allan Pizzato can proceed, a judge ruled last week. — CBS 42

State lists candidates for two-year college job

The state Board of Education has identified eight candidates for the job of chancellor of the state's two-year college system. — Montgomery Advertiser

Brookwood ER plans back in court

Brookwood Medical Center's plans for a freestanding emergency facility at Alabama 119 and U.S. 280, which had been sidetracked by a technicality, are back in court for a review on their merits; the facility has already been approved by the state's Certificate of Need board, but neighboring medical facilities challenged the plans. — Birmingham Business Journal

Magazine names Fairhope among top choices for retirees

Fairhope, in Baldwin County, was named one of the top 15 choices for retirees by Where to Retire magazine, based on low taxes, low-cost housing and low cost of living. — Mobile Press-Register

Downtown entertainment district okayed for Auburn

Auburn city officials have approved plans for a downtown entertainment district, which allows patrons of various venues to carry open drinks in the street. — Birmingham Business Journal

State foots bill for worker training

Two East Alabama businesses have obtained worker training grants from the state — KD Bearings Inc. of Auburn received $26,000 to help workers learn to be ISO compliant; Coosa Valley Medical Center got $30,000. — Opelika-Auburn News

Court review tomorrow for Colombian coal strike

A Colombian court will review the legality of a strike by railway workers on the line that brings Colombian coal to port for customers including Drummond International; workers have been striking since July, drastically curtailing coal exports and driving up the price of coal worldwide. — Reuters

Wellness Center opens at AUM

Auburn University Montgomery is celebrating the grand opening of its new wellness center at 11:30 today; BLHarbert International of Birmingham served as construction manager for the $20 million project.  — BL Harbert PR

Viper Diamondback featured on The Edge this week

The made-in-Alabama Viper Diamondback supercruiser motorcycle will be featured on The Edge with Terry Bradshaw, slated for airing today at 11:30 am and several times later this week. — PR Newswire

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