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Top News Links: Monday, Aug. 24

Regions economist notes economic wobbling

The recovery that began in mid-2009 is the slowest since World War Two in no small part because of repeated domestic or international booby-traps that have blown growth off track. The latest worries revolve around a slowing Chinese economy and a strong dollar that’s made U.S. exports more costly and harder to sell. “The economy just can’t get all the oars rowing in the same direction,” said Richard Moody, chief economist at Regions Financial in Alabama. “It’s really been that way since the recession ended.” – MarketWatch

Estimate: Trump attracted 30,000 in Mobile

How many people saw Donald Trump at Mobile's Ladd-Peebles football stadium, which seats about 43,000? A near-capacity crowd was expected late Friday. In the late-night hours after Friday night's event, Mobile officials pegged Trump's rally attendance at 30,000, a figure that slips by the estimated 27,500 who attended a Bernie Sanders rally in Los Angeles, if both estimates are correct. – AL.com

At least one Trump reviewer unimpressed

Toto the dog wasn’t needed in Mobile Friday night to pull the curtain from behind The Great and Mighty Trump. Trump let his own curtain flutter open, showing too much of the audience the humbug within. In an hour-long verbal meanderthon at half-filled Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Trump allowed an atmosphere of electric excitement to dissipate, and then he split town without his promised post-show press conference. – National Review

Southern Company buys natural gas distributor

The South's biggest electricity utility is buying the region's biggest natural gas distributor to create America's second biggest energy utility. Southern Co., the parent company of Georgia Power and Alabama Power, announced today it has struck a deal to acquire AGL Resources, the parent company of Chattanooga Gas Co., a deal with an estimated value of $12 billion. – Times Free Press

A decade after Katrina, coast still recovering

Hurricane Katrina only sideswiped Alabama as it devastated coastal Mississippi and New Orleans a decade ago, but Belinda Clark's family is still recovering in the town that calls itself the state's seafood capital. The storm left 11 feet of water in her family's Bay Shirt Co. store, smack in the middle of downtown, and damaged their other shop on Dauphin Island. Once the storm passed, dozens of shrimp boats rested atop docks and marshes, seafood processers were wiped out and about 75 percent of its homes were damaged or destroyed. – AP/StarTribune

NIH awards nearly $34M to UAB’s CCTS

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Clinical and Translational Science $33.59 million over four years to continue the center’s programs advancing translational research. The CCTS will continue to advance its mission to accelerate the delivery of new drugs, methodologies and practices to patients at UAB and throughout a partner network of 11 institutions in the Southeast. – News release

Alabama teen a star of entrepreneurship

Austin Andrews created Sporty Citrus two years ago. As founder and chief executive officer, he faces all the challenges of any newly formed business, from product development, to website oversight, service runs, and keeping his pricing competitive but adequate enough to cover expenses and make payroll. Fun fact: Austin Andrews is 15 and started Sporty Citrus when he was 13. – Yellowhammer

Montgomery gets props as history destination

 If you’re looking for a place to travel that has had rich influence on America’s history, look no farther than Alabama’s own charming state capital. With deep influence on the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement, Montgomery has been home to many paramount events in our nation’s history. And currently, Montgomery is a nominee in the USA Today and 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards for “Best Destination for History Buffs.” – Yellowhammer ‚Äč

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