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Top News Links: Wednesday, Jan. 7

Mercedes HQ moving to Atlanta

German luxury automobile maker Mercedes-Benz said Tuesday that it’s moving its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta, in part to be closer to its manufacturing facility in Alabama. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said the company accepted an incentive package from the state but said he couldn’t discuss the details yet. – AP/The Reporter

UA, Healthcare Business partnership official

The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce is partnering with Healthcare Business Solutions LLC in Birmingham on the innovative Business Analytics Lab at Culverhouse. A signing ceremony took place today at UA with University representatives, including Dr. J. Michael Hardin, dean of Culverhouse, and Healthcare Business Solutions representatives. – UA News

Downtown Publix one step closer

Downtown Birmingham's first Publix is one step closer to fruition with a $1 million purchase of land on Third Avenue South. The grocery store will anchor a $30 million development at the corner of 20th Street and Third and is tentatively set to open in summer 2016, said Dick Schmalz, owner of RGS and one of the developers of the project. Late December, the developers closed on 2008 Third Ave. S. – AL.com

Arotech new-generation battery supported

Arotech Corporation, a defense and security products maker with operations in Alabama, announced today that its Power Systems Division has received the support of the Israel Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) for its Grid Storage Flow Battery Program. The Iron/Iron flow battery is intended to create an affordable technology that delivers a reliable on-demand supply of stored energy. – Money/CNN

Opinion: Opportunities exist for 2015

Alabama’s desperate budget situation has given new hope to creating a state lottery and entering into a compact with the Poarch Creek Indians. State leaders have already begun floating the idea of pushing both these issues in the next legislative session, and both the lottery and the compact have been polling off the charts. – Montgomery Advertiser

American Paper buys Florence firm

Nashville-based office supplies company American Paper & Twine has moved into the northern Alabama and northern Mississippi markets by acquiring Paper and Chemical Supply Co. in Florence, which has been in business since 1949 and employs about 35 people. – NashvillePost.com

All-suites hotel going up at The Wharf

New development is on the horizon at The Wharf as the owner of the 222-acre entertainment, retail and marina complex announced Tuesday that he plans to build a 140-room, all-suites hotel. – AL.com

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