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Top News Links: Monday, Aug. 26

RSA leader calls for Medicaid expansion, Obamacare participation

Speaking before a gathering of state business leaders, David Bronner, CEO of Retirement Systems of Alabama, urged them to urge the governor to sign the state on for Medicaid expansion rather than letting Alabama tax dollars support the expansion in other states. — Birmingham News

German union backs UAW efforts at Mercedes

Representatives from German labor union IG Metall are on hand in Vance, helping the United Auto Workers with efforts to organize workers at the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International plant.  — Birmingham News

Raytheon made interceptors successful in test at sea

SM-6 interceptor missiles made at Huntsville's Raytheon successfully destroyed two cruise missiles in tests at sea. — Huntsville Times

Farm bill, international trade top concerns for cotton growers

A new multi-year farm bill and international trade agreements affecting cotton sales topped the list of concerns for cotton growers at the trade association's mid-year board meeting. — Southeast Farm Press

Demand for local food boosts farmers markets

Agriculture experts says the number of farmers markets has grown from 5,000 five years ago to more than 8,000 today, with growth fueled by a demand for locally-grown produce. — AgriNews

Arotech picked for $1.67 million contract in California

Arotech, with research facilities in Huntsville, has been picked for a $1.67 million contract to supply training and simulations systems for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. — Wall Street Journal

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