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Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 14

TK’s turnaround plan may be working

ThyssenKrupp, based in Essen, Germany, reported a loss of 69 million euros, or $94.5 million, in its first quarter, which ran through December. But the more closely watched earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation more than doubled to €247 million compared to the period a year earlier and surpassed expectations of €209 million, according to Jeff Largey, an analyst with Macquarie in London. – New York Times

BDG allies with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Benefit Development Group has joined forces with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., one of the largest insurance brokerage and risk management companies in the world. Based in Itasca, Ill., they have operations across the United States and in 24 countries. BDG is the first Gallagher Benefit Services office in Alabama. – AJG News Release

Voting wraps up today at Volkswagen

Employees at the Volkswagen auto plant here are voting on whether to join the United Auto Workers union, marking the end of a fevered battle between national conservative groups and labor leaders over the future of the right-to-work South. – St. Louis Dispatch

Council formed to advise on workforce development

The Alabama Legislature agreed Thursday to create a council of business executives to advise state leaders on workforce development issues. – tribtown.com

Real estate cloud brokerage eXp arrives

eXp Realty International Corporation, the real estate cloud brokerage, announced today that it has commenced operations in Alabama. “eXp provides the real estate agent with progressive tools and training in order to offer the most rounded and efficient services for consumers in the real estate market.,” said Managing Broker and former RE/MAX and EXIT broker/owner, Brent Beavers. – Businesswire.com

ABCA honors Bailey-Harris for school construction

While his company was building Park Crossing High School, Travis Gamble got a daily reminder of how much the project meant to east Montgomery. “That whole road that the job was on, that’s a new road,” said Gamble, the project superintendent for Bailey-Harris Construction. The Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama recognized the company’s work on Park Crossing with a Merit Award for Excellence in Construction. – Montgomery Advertiser

Huntsville OKs $8M package for shopping center

The Huntsville City Council approved an $8 million incentive package Thursday night for a new shopping center south of downtown anchored by Whole Foods Market. – al.com

Alabama Power’s McCrary ready for some calm

After more than a dozen years leading one of the state’s most powerful and influential companies, Charles McCrary knows what he wants to try next. “My first plan is I want to experience boredom for a week,” McCrary said. – al.com

Hoover to get Field & Stream outdoors store

The city of Hoover is slated to get a Field & Stream outdoors store, Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey said Thursday. The new outdoor retailer is planning to build a store in the Patton Creek shopping center, on a vacant lot between Rooms To Go and Interstate 459, Ivey said. – al.com

State’s sunshine laws may get a boost

The Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday afternoon approved a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s Open Meetings Act, following rulings from the Alabama Supreme Court that critics said severely weakened it. – South Union Street Blog

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