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Top News Links: Wednesday, Feb. 1

Alabama company cited in unflattering report on ISIS fight

On any given day at MacDill Air Force Base, web crawlers scour social media for potential recruits to the Islamic State group. Then, in a high-stakes operation to counter the extremists' propaganda, language specialists employ fictitious identities and try to sway the targets from joining ISIS ranks. – AP/Chicago Tribune

State’s wealthiest man on mission to upgrade hometown

Jimmy Rane may be listed by Forbes as Alabama's wealthiest person but, like his advertising persona Yella Fella, he's just a regular guy. In fact, Rane, a lifelong resident of Abbeville, spends a lot of his time saving historic buildings and helping revitalize the tiny town. – AL.com

Birmingham mayor says city will fight immigration order

Birmingham Mayor William Bell vowed Tuesday to resist President Donald Trump's series of executive orders tightening border security and temporarily banning refugees from certain Muslim countries by whatever legal means available. – ABC3340

Mercedes-AMG ready for its Super Bowl half-moment

Mercedes-AMG is all set for Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. Mercedes-Benz’s performance arm plans to run a 30-second spot dubbed “Easy Driver” in the fourth quarter of the game. – Automotive News

Alabama part of multi-state settlement with Western Union

Attorney General Luther Strange today announced a settlement with Colorado-based The Western Union Company to bring approximately $7,865,024 in refunds for Alabama consumers. The settlement resolves a multi-state investigation focused on complaints of consumers who used Western Union’s wire transfer service to send money to third parties involved in schemes to defraud consumers. – WHNT

Top Golf breaks ground, to open in December

Topgolf has broken ground on its Birmingham location and is on track to open in December, according to a company spokeswoman. The high tech driving range plans to begin hiring in early fall. At completion, it will have 500 employees, including 200 full-time for the Birmingham venue. – AL.com

UA students create app to buy food essentials

Students at the University of Alabama have a solution for you when a convenience store isn't convenient enough. "We give you time back in your day. So, wherever you go, we go," said John Newman, Ugo chief executive officer. So whether it's purchasing a bag of chips or other store items, it all can be done in the palm of your hand or at the computer thanks to a business called Ugo. – WBRC

Shoals Shift entrepreneurial project gets new partner

The Shoals Entrepreneurial Center in Florence announced Tuesday that Shoals Shift (a grant project funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission) will include business assistance and workforce development programs developed by Strategic Networks Group (SNG). – News release

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