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Top News Links: Thursday, Jan. 16

Increases for education, Medicaid; flat lines elsewhere

Gov. Robert Bentley proposed budgets Wednesday that would increase funding for public education and Medicaid while requiring most state agencies to get by next year with about what they got this year. – Associated Press

J.C. Penney to close in Selma

J.C. Penney says it will cut 2,000 jobs and close 33 stores nationwide, including one in Selma, after disappointing holiday sales. – The Montgomery Advertiser

Regions replaces Ready Advance with secured loan product

Regions Bank is rolling out a new line of low fixed interest loans for qualified customers wanting to borrow as little as $250 while discontinuing its Ready Advance product by year’s end. – Regions news release

Toyota riding high on nation’s love affair with trucks

Toyota’s record-making production of 540,000 engines last year in Alabama reflects the nation’s love for trucks, according to Emily Lauder, the plants’s GM of administration. – al.com

Birmingham Mountain Radio gets industry nod

Birmingham Mountain Radio's evolution from an internet-only station to one that also broadcasts over the air has made an industry list of movers and shakers. – Birmingham News

Bobo Engineering merging with Global Special Effects

Bobo Engineering in Arab will become Global Engineering on Feb. 3 as it merges with Global Special Effects in Lexington, Guerra Holdings announced Wednesday. —al.com

EBSCO’s Brooke retiring in June

After four decades at Elton B. Stephens Co. (EBSCO), CEO F. Dixon Brooke Jr. plans to retire June 30. – PRWEB

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