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Top News Links: Wednesday, Aug. 28

Feds ask Alabama to repay $88 million in bonus health care payments

Back in 2009 and 2010, Alabama received about a third of all the nation's bonus payments for expanded children's health care — $95 million – but after review, the feds now want the state to repay $88 million, saying Alabama miscalculated the number of children served; Alabama officials disagree. — Birmingham News

New mayor in Mobile, Bell returns in Birmingham

Sandy Stimpson defeated incumbent Mobile Mayor Sam Jones in municipal elections Tuesday; Birmingham's William Bell was re-elected. — al.com

Gulf Shores property brings Festiva to Alabama

Resort and hotel operator Festiva Hospitality Group, based in North Carolina, has acquired The Shores in Orange Beach, its first Alabama property. — Festiva PR

Trussville incentives plan turns contentious

While Trussville's city council approved $1.7 million in incentives to bring a grocery store and a fitness business into downtown, owners of competing businesses complained that the move represents use of tax dollars to support new competition to existing businesses. — Birmingham News

Mercedes sets production and sales records worldwide

Mercedes-Benz set a first-half production record of 700,000 vehicles worldwide, the German company reports, and also set a sales record of 700,000 vehicles. — Birmingham News

Austal ship completes Navy trials

Austal USA's second littoral combat ship, the USS Coronado, successfully completed sea trials last week. — Mobile Press-Register

Rain overwhelming peanut crops

Record-setting spring and summer rains are damaging peanut crops around the state, with production expected to be down about 50 percent from last year's record crop. — WFSA-TV Montgomery

Trial delayed over illegal wetlands operations in Mississippi

The trial for an Alabama man accused of illegally filling wetlands in Mississippi has been delayed because the federal prosecutors office has run out of funding until October. — Mississippi Business Journal

Gadsden approves airport improvements

Gadsden city officials approved $2.4 million in improvements at Northeast Alabama Regional Airport, hoping to receive about 90 percent of the cost in federal funding. — Gadsden Times

Huntsville Times moves to Courthouse Square office

The Huntsville Times moved into new offices on the the city's Courthouse Square this morning. — Huntsville Times

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