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Top News Links: Thursday, August 28

Ground-breaking today for free-standing ER in Bessemer

Construction of UAB-affiliated Medical West, the state’s first free-standing emergency department, will begin today. The $13.5 million center will function as a Level 3 trauma center, with facilities and capabilities similar to a hospital emergency room. — AL.com

Main Street program reborn to help renew downtowns

After nearly 10 years in abeyance, Alabama’s Main Street program gets new life, honors cities around state for revitalization efforts. — Montgomery Advertiser

New name for Alabama-built Mercedes M-Class

Automotive news outlets are reporting that Mercedes plans to rename the Alabama-built M-Class, rebranding it next year as the GLE-Class. No comment so far from Mercedes. — Tuscaloosa News

Tuscaloosa auto supplier to expand

Metalsa Tuscaloosa, supplier to Mercedes and Volkswagen, announced plans for an $18 million expansion, adding hot press equipment that can make stronger parts without adding weight to vehicles. — Tuscaloosa News

Peanut steps out of limelight in new Dothan tourism campaign

The peanut is still there in new Dothan tourism materials, but a fresh new campaign promotes the city as an up-to-date city with plenty to do. — Dothan Eagle

Vandals damage former Rosa Parks home

Vanadals searching for copper tubes and pipes damaged the Montgomery apartment where Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks lived when she sparked the Montgomery bus boycott. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and houses a small museum. — Reuters

Regions official to retire

David Edmonds, chief administrative officer at Regions Financial Corp., has announced plans to retire after 20 years with the firm. — Regions

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