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Top News Links: Thursday, Feb. 11

Mercedes-Benz outsells BMW in January

Mercedes-Benz outsold BMW at the start of the year to move closer to a goal of unseating its rival as the biggest luxury carmaker by sales. Global deliveries of BMW AG’s namesake brand rose 7.5 percent in January to 133,883 cars, lagging behind Mercedes’s 20 percent leap to 150,814 cars. Audi, which dropped to third place last year, is yet to report January sales. – Alabama News Center

Feds want to shift oil revenue sharing from Gulf

Local leaders and environmental groups are blasting the White House for proposing to help Alaska deal with rising seas by taking money away from similar efforts along the Gulf Coast. In its proposed budget for 2017, the White House said Tuesday it wanted to repeal a 2006 provision that establishes a formula for sharing revenues from offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico with four Gulf states, including Alabama. – Alabama News Net

Coal money takes detour before arriving for Shelby

Before a $100,000 contribution from Murray Energy Corporation found its way into the Alabama Senate race last month, it took a detour to California. Outside money is streaming into Alabama to support Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) in the Republican primary despite Shelby’s considerable cash reserves. The main repository for those funds —Citizen Super PAC — has collected at least $1.2 million, and spent $309,056 in late January to develop and buy broadcast, cable and digital ads backing the octogenarian lawmaker. – OpenSecrets.org

BioCryst shares drop after failed test

Shares of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals dropped 71 percent Monday after the Durham drug developer said a clinical trial for its experimental drug failed to help ill patients. BioCryst stock fell $4.37 to close Monday at $1.77 – its lowest value in two and a half years – after the company said avoralstat did not help prevent swelling attacks of hereditary angioedema, a rare genetic disorder. – News Observer

State lottery bill moves through House panel

A House committee Wednesday afternoon approved a bill that would allow voters to decide whether to establish a lottery in the state of Alabama. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Alan Harper, R-Northport, would currently authorize a vote on a lottery. But Harper said in committee and after the vote that he expected an amendment that would describe distribution of proceeds, which he expected to be shared between Education Trust Fund and the General Fund. – Montgomery Advertiser

Huntsville gets ready for Uber, Lyft

Huntsville Mayor Battle announced he will present amendments to the city's transportation code at Thursday's city council meeting. Battle says the changes could open the door for mobile-based ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to set up shop in Huntsville. – WAAY

Gunman shoots 2, including former business partner

A gunman fatally shot two people, one a former business partner, at a law firm and a nearby accountant's office in western Alabama on Wednesday morning, authorities said. The suspect, 57-year-old Jimmy Cooper, was shot in the arm and leg before being taken into custody, Marion County District Attorney Jack Bostick said at a news conference. – ABC

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