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Top News Links: Wednesday, Aug. 27

Tuscaloosa anchor stores set

Six anchor stores, all new to the Tuscaloosa market, are planned for the Shoppes at Legacy Park. The shopping center will include Bed Bath & Beyond, Dick's Sporting Goods, World Market, The Fresh Market, PetSmart and DSW. Until now, developers had not revealed the names of the six anchor stores. – Myfoxal.com

Bama outperforms Britain

If Britain were to join the United States, it would be the second-poorest state, behind Alabama and ahead of Mississippi. The ranking, determined by Fraser Nelson, an editor of The Spectator magazine, was made by dividing the gross domestic product of each state by its population, and took into account purchasing power parity for cost of living. – Washington Post Blog

NASA tank tests a major win

In what NASA is calling one of its "major technology accomplishments of 2014," engineers here have successfully tested a large rocket fuel tank made of new composite materials at launch pressures. – AL.com

Campus cards great for colleges

The multipurpose campus card can open doors to university buildings, check out books from the library, get loaded up with financial aid, plus pay for pizza and other necessities. It's an ID card, a debit card and a rewards card. But the students who use it aren't the ones getting the rewards. Colleges are. – Fox News

Speakers added for auto conference

Opening day of the Southern Automotive Conference will feature Micheline Maynard on the future of the automotive industry and Laurie Harbour leading a supplier excellence panel. The meeting will be held Oct. 8-10 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in downtown Birmingham. – News release

Gadsden says yes to Sunday booze

You'll soon be able to buy alcohol legally on Sundays in the city of Gadsden. Voters in the northeast Alabama city of 36,000 residents approved Sunday sales in voting Tuesday with 68 percent of the ballots favoring the change. – AP

Alabamians file breach suit

Five Alabamians have filed a federal class action lawsuit against a Tennessee-based hospital system after 4.5 million people across the U.S. were affected by a data breach. – AL.com

Your cut amounts to $14G

Got $14,000 in your couch cushions? Then you’ll be able to pay your share of Alabama’s debt. Truth in Accounting, a Chicago-based fiscal government watchdog, recently released its annual Financial State of the States report examining each state’s finances. The figures aren’t pretty. – Watchdog.org

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