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Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 28

Mercedes shifting R-Class to Indiana

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International is shifting production of the R-Class from Alabama to South Bend, Ind. The automaker, which has been rapidly expanding in central Alabama, plans to use the increased capacity to boost SUV production at its Tuscaloosa County plant. The company projects capacity will reach more than 300,000 vehicles in 2015 at the plant in Vance. – BizJournals.com

Wealthiest 1 percent recovering nicely

The wealthiest 1 percent of those in Alabama captured nearly half of the state’s income gains over the past generation and nearly two thirds of all income gains since the last recession. Researchers for the Economic Policy Institute found that the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans earned, on average, 30 times more than the bottom 99 percent. In Alabama, to be in the wealthiest 1 percent you would need to make at least $272,000 a year. – TimesFreePress.com

Gay marriage ruling sets off Moore

Alabama's Supreme Court chief justice hand delivered a letter to Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday urging him to oppose the "tyranny" of federal court rulings that have used "specious pretexts" to rule against same-sex marriage bans. "As of this date, 44 federal courts have imposed by judicial fiat same-sex marriages in 21 states of the union, overturning the express will of the people in those states," Chief Justice Roy S. Moore wrote. – WDSU

Cook leading Apple to new heights

When visionary Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, many questioned the ability of the company to retain its creative edge and juggernaut status against competitors. Alabama native and Apple CEO Tim Cook just proved them all wrong. Tuesday afternoon Apple announced its profits for the last quarter of 2014, and the numbers are nothing short of amazing. – Yellowhammer

State automakers hit record production

Alabama automakers set a production record last year. The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama says Honda, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz combined to manufacture 997,270 vehicles in the state in 2014. That's 80,000 more vehicles than the previous high set in 2013. – AP/AL.com

Bob Riley new senior advisor at Lyons HR

Former Alabama Governor Bob Riley announced Tuesday that he will serve as  senior advisor to the board of directors at Lyons HR, a human resource management firm based in Florence. – News release

Alabama No. 3 for highest STDs in U.S.

Alabama checked in at No. 3 on the list of states with the highest rates of reported STDs in 2013, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The San Antonio Express-News summed up the rates per 100,000 people for three of the primary STDs observed by the CDC: chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Alaska and Louisiana were Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. – MySanAntonio.com

Career expo Feb. 4 at Calhoun CC

The Decatur campus of Calhoun Community College will be the site for the 2015 Career and Workforce Expo, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Kelley Gymnasium.  Space is still available for exhibitors. – News release

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