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Top News Links: Wednesday, August 22

ThyssenKrupp wants buyer offers by Sept. 28

German steelmaker that rocked Mobile with plans for twin steel mills in 2007, has asked for proposals from prospective buyers by late September; it's already picked a Finnish firm to purchase its stainless operations. — Mobile Press-Register

Mercedes-Benz gearing up for new C-Class

Third shift during changeover for one production line among changes in the works as Mercedes-Benz gears up for new model; additional hiring expected in 2014. — Birmingham News

Contractors wary

Associated Builders and Contractors disappointed by sluggish gains in non-residential construction, survey finds. — Yahoo Finance

Home market improves

Sales of existing homes improved slightly in July, up 2.3 percent, with an average sales price of $187,300, which presents a 9.4 percent increase from the same month last year. — NBC News

ACT test scores predict Alabama grads may face college challenges

Nationally-administered tests for college bound high school students show that some 70 percent of Alabama students lag in basics, may face difficulty passing first-year college classes. — Birmingham News

Halt those bulldozers

Environmental Protection Agency asks for more data before issuing construction permit for first phase of Birmingham Northern Belt highway. — Birmingham News

Regions under federal scrutiny

U.S. Attorney in Birmingham checking records of transactions between Regions Financial and Fiderion Group LLC, the Wall Street Journal reports. — Reuters/Wall Street Journal

Candidate training planned

Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Rural Electric Cooperative have slated a series of training sessions for Alabamians interested in seeking local or state office; sessions are planned in Trinity, Tuscaloosa, Ozark and Montgomery Sept. 10 to 13. — ALFA

AQAF picked for UAB health needs assessments

Birmingham-based AQAF has been selected by University of Alabama at Birmingham to perform health needs assessments for UAB Hospital, UAB Highlands, UAB Medical West and UAB Callahan Eye Hospital. — AQAF

Mutual of Omaha office opens in Mobile

Mutual of Omaha has opened a three-person office in Mobile, offering insurance and financial planning services. — Mutual of Omaha

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