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Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 16

Alabama home prices slip, but many cities see gains

CoreLogic says Alabama is one of only two states that saw home prices slip, a modest 2.2 percent, but average prices were up in many metro areas — 11.9 percent in Mobile; 7.4 percent in Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Montgomery and Decatur; 3 percent in  Anniston-Oxford, Dothan, Gadsden and Florence-Muscle Shoals; 2.3 percent in Birmingham-Hoover, and less than 1 percent in Auburn-Opelika. — CoreLogic

Auburn chosen for NASA research

Auburn University and eight others around the country will share $2.25 million in funding for research toward NASA's Space Launch System project. — al.com

Thumbs at least part way up for Honda's new Acura MDX

Car reviewers offer mixed reviews of the new Acura MDX exterior styling but still say they expect the to-be-built-in-Alabama model to be a good one. — Birmingham News

Hyundai luxury views wow reviewer

Hyundai's new HCD-14 Genesis, one of its new luxury models unveiled in prototype version yesterday in Detroit, described as "innovative" design with "beautiful styling." — Torque News

Georgia developer buys Phenix City shopping center

A Georgia-based developer, The W.C. Bradley Co., has purchased Phenix Plaza for $4.5 million, marking Bradley's first venture on the Alabama side of the Georgia-Alabama line. — Equities.com 

Wade to be in two places at once

Bay County, Fla. officials, where one-time Alabama Development Office Director Neal Wade now leads the county's economic development efforts, say they expect Wade to stay on there, even while taking over as chair of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, an unpaid job. — Panama City (FL) News Herald

Investors buy beach property, no development plans

Investors have purchased several Orange Beach lots where buildings fell to Hurricane Ivan in 2004, but say they have no immediate plans for development of the property. — Gulf Coast News Today

Business group backs historic preservation, northern belt line, UAB research

The Birmingham Business Alliance agenda for 2013 includes plans to support tax credits for historic preservation, work on the Northern Belt Line and research at UAB, but hopes to keep environmental regulations in check and let employers decide whether workers can bring guns to work. — Birmingham News

Shared management for Birmingham's Sheraton, Westin

Neighboring downtown hotels will share one manager, according to a report from the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. — Birmingham News

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