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Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 21

Mercedes incentives? Maybe $50 million

After Mercedes Benz announced its plans to relocate from Montvale, New Jersey to Atlanta two weeks ago, the speculation began for the reason why. In the end, it appears that the move, which will bring more than 800 jobs to north Fulton County, is about incentives and location. According to the Detroit News, the total incentive package offered by the Georgia Department of Economic development amounted to $24,540 per job, or $23.3 million. The incentives offered do not include anything from Fulton County, so the total offered may actually be higher, with some sources claiming a number between $40 and $50 million. – Peach Pundit/Detroit News

BizTech revitalizes, gets new name

When BZ Sensor Solutions opened at BizTech nearly three years ago, there were only six clients in the sprawling high-tech incubator in Huntsville. Today, the facility that was once in limbo is at near capacity two months after Huntsville-based PROJECTXYZ subsidiary Creekwater Investments purchased the building on 515 Sparkman Drive. – AL.com

Foley turf once again tops at Super Bowl

Although the Super Bowl XLIX matchup has a northern tilt with the Patriots and Seahawks squaring off, the field they will play on will have a little Southern flair. This year’s Super Bowl and Pro Bowl field was grown at Bent Oak Farm in Foley and shipped to Glendale on 33 trucks two weeks ago. The same field will be used for the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, with only the grass in the end zones changing between the two games. – Cronkite News

Regions Financial misses on Q4

Regions Financial reported a surprising miss on fourth-quarter earnings of 14 cents a share, below consensus of 21 cents a share. Some of that could be attributed to legal accruals and a charge for closing 50 branches a year, but loan growth seems to have been decent, fee income weaker, and there was higher expenses and a lower tax rate. – CNBC

Renasant Corp. revenues below estimate

Renasant Corp. announced the earnings results for Fiscal Year 2014 and Quarter 4. The results came in during after-hours on January 20. Company reported revenue of $50.02 Million, below the estimates of $74.29 Million. The revenues were $-24.27 Million or 32.67% below the estimates. Earnings per share were $0.49. Analysts had estimated an EPS of $0.49. CandleStrips

Opinion: Oversight needed for home schooling

Parents who home-school often do an exceptional job. With dedication and resources, they can offer individual attention and creative instruction, sometimes producing academic stars. An estimated 1.77 million children in the U.S., or 3.4 percent of children nationwide, are home-schooled, with higher rates seen in Southern states. Some home-school parents are motivated by religious beliefs, others by lack of educational quality at traditional schools or bullying. It’s certainly their right to teach children at home. That said, in Alabama there are almost no standards to ensure children are safe and meeting minimal learning benchmarks. – Montgomery Advertiser

Pancake signs with Waffle House

The 24-year old pro-golfer Brooke Pancake finally drew a surprising line in the sand trap when it comes to what's on her breakfast table. Pancake just announced she has an endorsement deal with Waffle House, based in Norcross,Georgia. Pancake became a member of the LPGA tour after leading the University of Alabama to the school's first national golf championship in 2012. – ABC News

Black Belt, National Land Realty merge

National Land Realty, a full-service land brokerage company headquartered in South Carolina, has merged with Tuscaloosa-based Black Belt Land & Realty LLC. The new firm will carry the name National Land Realty and will continue to specialize in timberland, farmland, and residential and commercial properties. BusinessWire

Municipal bond sales set to decrease

Municipal bond sales in the U.S. are set to decrease in the next month while the amount of redemptions and maturing debt rises. States and localities plan to sell $12.1 billion of bonds over the next 30 days, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. A week ago, the calendar showed $13.6 billion planned for the coming month. Alabama Federal Aid Highway Finance Authority will bring $508 million to market. – Businessweek

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