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Top News Links: Friday, Jan. 18

Changes in store for Alabama Medicaid System

The Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission voted Wednesday to turn Medicaid into a managed care system, with a commercial option where the state pays a third party to run the program. — WBHM

TK Chairman fesses up, won't step down

ThyssenKrupp Chairman Gerhard Cromme admitted to making mistakes that contributed to losses for the German steelmaker, but won't step down despite pressure from shareholders. — Chicago Tribune

ArcelorMittal bids for TK

ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steel-maker, has made a $1.5-billion bid for Alabama's ThyssenKrupp plant. — Times LIVE

Bond buying to go beyond mid-2013

Dennis Lockhart, president of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, said the bank will probably keep its bond-buying program past mid-2013 to achieve improvements in the labor market. — Bloomberg

Alabama business outlook seems positive

Experts at the 2013 Economic Outlook Conference in Montgomery say the future for Alabama business looks bright, if the state can make better use of its 600,000 unemployed and underemployed. — al.com

Huntsville hosts to manufacturing workshop

Huntsville hosts workshop for a group of industry experts and government officials to discuss the creation of a manufacturing network to help keep the nation competitive. — al.com

Alabama deal aids Banks of the Ozarks

The purchase of Genala banc, the holding company for Citizens Bank of Geneva, contributed to Bank of the Ozarks' fourth quarter profit gains. —American Banker

Birmingham bars makes 'best of' list

Birmingham's Highlands Bar and Grill and The Garage Café were recognized on Southern Living's list of the South's best bars.— al.com

Old sawmill revived in Albertville

Southern Parallel Forest Products Corporation announced it will reopen the doors of the old Albertville sawmill, could bring 130 new jobs. — Sand Mountain Reporter

Job fair proves to be overwhelming success

Mobile's maritime and construction trades career fair welcomed 537 job seekers.— al.com

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